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Appl Neuropsychol. 1999;6(2):57-67.

Verb naming in normal aging.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02130, USA.


Few studies have examined verb naming in normal aging, although decline in the ability to name nouns has been well documented. In this study, we examined longitudinal performance on the Action Naming Test (ANT), a confrontation naming test for verbs. The purpose of this study was to confirm the verb naming deficit associated with aging, which was previously seen only in cross-sectional studies, and to provide additional normative data on verb naming ability that may prove useful to studies on verb naming in populations with brain dysfunction. Sixty-six healthy men and women aged 30 to 79 were each tested with the ANT 3 times over a 7-year span. ANT performance showed a significant decline over time for all participants except the youngest group. Longitudinal methodology supports the conclusion that this finding of a decline in verb naming ability arises from true age-related changes and not from cohort differences.

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