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Cortex. 1998 Feb;34(1):155-8.

Proper name anomia and anomia for the names of people: functionally dissociable impairments?

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool. JW24@liv.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper reviews the performance of 10 previously reported patients who have deficits in recalling the names of people, but whose performance in recalling common names is relatively well preserved. An analysis of face naming ability in these 10 patients reveals that the proportion of faces that a patient can name is closely related to whether or not the patient has a retrieval problem that also extends to the recall of other types of proper names such as the names of towns. This analysis suggests that names of faces are particularly difficult to recall relative to other types of proper names, and provides no support for the view that a specialised brain mechanism is involved in the retrieval of people's names.

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