Assessing quality of metaphor interpretation by right hemisphere damaged patients

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Kristine Lundgren, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Patients with right hemisphere damage (RHD) can display various cognitive-linguistic deficits including disrupted comprehension of figurative language such as metaphor (Myers, 1999 and Tompkins, 1995). Most studies documenting figurative language comprehension difficulties have used multiple choice tasks (Van Lancker & Kempler, 1987). Multiple choice formats are generally easier than open-ended verbal explanation formats and, therefore, may be less sensitive and, accordingly, less adequate for documenting clinically relevant changes in the quality of comprehension over time. However, scoring a patient’s extended verbal responses can be subjective. Also, there is uncertainty whether the resulting scores provide only ordinal information or approach interval level measurement, which makes statistical analysis easier. Although scales have been developed for scoring proverb interpretation (Gorham, 1956 and Nippold et al., 1997), we are not aware of a scoring system for representing the quality of metaphor interpretations.

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Brain and Language, 103(1-2), 197-198
Language: English
Date: 2007
Cognitive-linguistic deficits , Metaphor, Figurative language

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