Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Shore, Doug,


Psychology, Clinical.




A number of neurological illnesses including temporal lobe epilepsy have been shown to result in deficits of confrontation naming or anomia. The Boston Naming Test (BNT) and the Visual Naming Test (VNT) are both standardized measures of naming ability. Serving as a neurologically intact group, thirty adult volunteers from the Windsor area were administered the BNT, VNT and the Controlled Oral Word Association Test (COWAT) on two occasions separated by a two month interval. Temporal stability of these measures was demonstrated by the high correlation between test re-test scores for the BNT, VNT and COWAT, respectively. Excellent intertest agreement of the BNT and VNT was shown by the high correlation of scores between the two tests. The BNT was administered as part of a Neuropsychological examination at the London Health Sciences Center-University Campus in London Ontario. Thirty-three and forty subjects with left temporal lobe epilepsy (L-TLE) and right temporal lobe epilepsy (R-TLE), respectively were administered the BNT. The L-TLE group performed significantly worse on the BNT compared to the normal and the R-TLE. The R-TLE group scored significantly lower on the BNT than the normal group. Implications for importance of the left inferior temporal lobe in relation to naming ability are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .M865. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0368. Adviser: Doug Shore. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.