Picture description in neurologically normal adults: concepts and topic coherence

Catherine Mackenzie, Marian Brady, John Norrie, Ninik Poedjianto

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Evaluation of discourse is recognised as an important component in the diagnosis and management of adult acquired communication disorders. Picture description is a common and practical data elicitation procedure that has provided insights into the discourse of many adult groups. Such data may be analysed from several linguistic and pragmatic perspectives and, as is commonly the case with discourse measures, the usefulness of such data is limited by a paucity of relevant normative information. The aim of this study was to determine the influences of age, education, and gender on the concepts and topic coherence of the picture description of non-brain-damaged adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-354
Number of pages15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


  • brain damage
  • communication disorders


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