Semantic and phonological naming therapy: New criteria of therapy effects assessment
Studies that compare the effects of semantic and phonological naming therapies often demonstrate positive response to both treatment techniques, irrespective of underlying locus of naming deficit. This can be explained by the fact that both tasks include semantic (a picture) as well as phonological (word repetition) information. The therapy effect may, therefore, be just a result of their co-activation, the therapy method itself being irrelevant. However, a typical measure of therapy efficiency assessment is accuracy. We proposed that the difference between therapies may be, nevertheless, revealed by using some additional assessment parameters: activation rate, activation latency and correct response latency.