The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect environment has upon the conversational ability of an individual with traumatic brain injury. Cognitive and linguistic aspects of language were explored. Administration was conducted through engagement in two conversational samples, one of which took place in a controlled, clinical environment and the other in a naturalistic setting (i.e., dual indoor/outdoor environment). The conversational samples were compared to each other and held in reference to the administrator’s sample for baseline data. Data were collected and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results found that unsupported environmental conditions presenting with distractions served to exacerbate the participant’s cognitive-communicative impairments. Results and clinical implications are discussed.
|Commitee:||Conway Madding, Carolyn, Sun, Lei|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Cognition, Conversation, Environment, Language, Traumatic brain injury|
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