Studies investigating the effects of the complexity account of treatment efficacy (CATE) have demonstrated that improvement in trained atypical targets generalizes to untrained typical targets in patients with aphasia; however, the converse is not true. The thesis is designed for clinicians, who although desiring to utilize CATE, lack the information necessary to do so. The purpose of the thesis is fourfold: (a) to provide a theoretical foundation of CATE, (b) to compile normative data on typicality for exemplars in 12 categories, (c) to create a database of semantic features which can be utilized in speech-language therapy, and (d) to explore the results of this study in regards to past research on this topic. Data were obtained from undergraduate and graduate students from the Communicative Disorders Department at California State University, Long Beach. Discussion centers on utilizing and supplementing the database. Findings inconsistent with typicality literature are also discussed.
|Advisor:||Ostergren, Jennifer A.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Linguistics, Speech therapy, Cognitive psychology|
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