Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Confrontation Naming

  • Anastasia RaymerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_875


Word finding


Confrontation naming refers to a type of task used in assessment when problems with anomia or word retrieval are of concern. Confrontation naming involves the selection of a specific label corresponding to a viewed picture of an object or action.

Current Knowledge

Confrontation naming tasks often are incorporated as part of clinical language testing for aphasia to detect impairments of word-finding abilities, or anomia, in individuals with neurologic conditions typically affecting the left hemisphere of the brain (Race and Hillis 2015). Although word finding takes place during the course of sentence generation in conversational speech, it is most often tested clinically in picture confrontation naming tasks where the vocabulary tested is constrained to known, identified target words. Therefore, word-finding functions are at times referred to as naming abilities (e.g., Raymer 2015).

The most common published test of confrontation naming is the Boston...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication Disorders and Special Education, Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA