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Title: Describing the cookie theft picture Sources of breakdown in Alzheimer’s dementia
Authors: Cummings, L 
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Source: Pragmatics and society, July 2019, v. 10, no. 2, p. 153-176
Abstract: Speech-language pathologists routinely use picture description tasks to assess expository discourse in clients with disorders such as aphasia and dementia. One picture description task – the Cookie Theft picture from the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination – has come to dominate clinical settings more than any other task. In this article, I examine why this particular picture description task has proven to be so successful in assessing expository discourse in clients with language and cognitive disorders. Using data from the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer and Related Dementias Study, recurrent cognitive-linguistic impairments in the Cookie Theft picture descriptions of clients with Alzheimer’s dementia are explored. These impairments are mostly pragmatic in nature. It is argued that the sensitivity of the Cookie Theft picture description task to these impairments makes it an ideal assessment tool for any investigation which aims to identify pragmatic markers of neurodegenerative diseases such as the dementias.
Keywords: Alzheimer’s dementia
Aphasia
Cookie Theft picture
Discourse
Executive function
Pragmatics
Speech-language pathology
Theory of mind
Publisher: John Benjamins
Journal: Pragmatics and society 
ISSN: 1878-9714
EISSN: 1878-9722
DOI: 10.1075/ps.17011.cum
Rights: © John Benjamins Publishing Company
The following publication Cummings, L. (2019). Describing the Cookie Theft picture: Sources of breakdown in Alzheimer’s dementia. Pragmatics and Society, 10(2), 153-176 is available at https://doi.org/10.1075/ps.17011.cum
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