This paper describes a Hebrew naming test that consists of 48 line drawings ordered by word frequency. The initial validation phase included 48 young adults (ages 20-28), 48 old adults (ages 67-85), and 27 individuals with Alzheimer's disease (ages 68-87). Results indicated a modest odd-even internal consistency effect, word frequency effect, and sensitivity to neurological disease. The normative population included 365 participants, aged 18-85. Means of correct answers (responses provided spontaneously and those following a functional cue), of spontaneous responses alone, and of responses provided after a functional and after a phonemic cue are presented, along with cumulative percentiles for the total score. Results show that age had the greatest effect on naming performance with age at immigration accounting for a significant share of the variance as well.
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The initial phase of this work was conducted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and was supported by doctoral grants from the Brookdale Institute of Gerontology and Human Development, and Eshel—The Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel, as well as by a grant from the Israel Foundations Trustees. The author wishes to thank Limor Assayag, Naomi Barancik, Sharon Malka, Maya Marcus, Amos Raber, Diana Tsimkin, and Daphna Tzur for their help in data collection. Many thanks to Larry Leach and Yonata Levy for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript.
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