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Using a Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) to Improve Working Memory and Conversational Discourse in Fluent Aphasia

Costello, Maureen and Balasubramanian, Venugopal
Using a Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) to Improve Working Memory and Conversational Discourse in Fluent Aphasia. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2012 : 42nd : Lake Tahoe, CA : May 20-25, 2012) / : (2012).

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Abstract

The concept of working memory involves a short duration system in which small amounts of information are simultaneously stored and manipulated in the service of accomplishing a task (Caplan & Waters, 1999). Individuals with aphasia have working memory impairments to the extent they suffer from executive functioning limitations and deficits specific to language areas including syntax, phonology, and semantics (Laures, Odell, & Coe,2003; Wright & Shisler, 2005). In particular, deficits in working memory could contribute to a breakdown in word retrieval which can restrict the participation of an individual with aphasia in the most meaningful communication activities, particularly conversation (Goodglass & Wingfield, 1997). There is evidence that a Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) improved word retrieval and even conversation in individuals with aphasia by providing semantic cueing for access to the semantic and phonological networks (Massaro & Tompkins, 1992; Rider, Wright, Marshall, & Page, 2008; Peach & Reuter, 2009).

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:2360
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2012 : 42nd : Lake Tahoe, CA : May 20-25, 2012)