Date of Award

Spring 1966

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Sokolnicki, Alfred

Second Advisor

Mehner, Robert

Third Advisor

Trotter, William

Abstract

The general purpose of this is to trace the origin, growth, and development of aphasia testing. The study presents a brief summary of the background of the problem, examines methods and techniques used in the early 19th century as well as those used today and indicates the trends which aphasia testing seems to be approaching for the future. In addition to the historical perspective, evaluative considerations are offered concerning past and present administrative techniques as well as the material contents of the tests. The critical evaluations will attempt to explain the reasons for the wide-spread use of some tests in preference to others, as well as the reasoning behind different theories of aphasia testing. In addition, the many changes in the nature and objectives of aphasia testing are given serious consideration.

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