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MARTINS, Luísa S.; GUERRA, Marina P.  and  CASTRO, São Luís. Teste de nomeação de categorias específicas: estudo de adaptação portuguesa . Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2002, vol.20, n.1, pp.149-160. ISSN 0870-8231.

We present a study based on the Category-Specific Names Test developed by McKenna (1997), that we are presently adapting to Portuguese. This test examines naming and identification of items in four categories, two of living things and two of manufactured objects: Animals, Fruits & Vegetables, Praxic Objects and Non-praxic Objects. It allows the detection of naming and identification difficulties, that may be category-specific. We prepared a version of the naming task in Portuguese and examined 54 adults without brain damage (control group; 33 males) and 24 patients with unilateral brain lesions (16 left-, 8 right-hemisphere patients). A subgroup of the healthy adults was matched on a one-to-one basis to the brain lesioned patients, such that age, sex and years schooling were equivalent in both groups (the patients were overall older and less schooled). The results of the control group showed a main effect of category - Fruits & Vegetables reached higher percent correct responses - and an interaction between sex and category: women were better with Fruits & Vegetables, men were better with Animals. A difference of 20% in overall performance was observed between younger adults with more years of schooling and older, less schooled, adults. We propose that this difference is an effect of schooling. The comparison of the matched controls and the brain lesioned patients revealed a significant decrease in the patient group

Keywords : Semantic categories; naming category-specific deficits; neuropsychological evaluation.

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