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Animal Naming
Information about the instrument can be founder here: Animal Naming
Supplemental: Stroke
Short Description of Instrument
The Animal Naming instrument tests verbal/semantic fluency by asking the participant to list as many animals as possible in one minute.
Comments/Special Instructions
Introduction: "I'd like to ask a question to check your memory."
Instruction: "Tell me the names of as many animals as you can think of, as quickly as possible."
Procedure: Time for 60 seconds and record all responses.
If the person stops before 60 seconds, say "Any more animals?"
If the person says nothing for 15 seconds, say "A dog is an animal.
"Can you tell me more animals?"
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: Count the total number of animals (NOT including repetitions or non-animal words). Norms are based on age and education.
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