Can ‘Football-Team Color-Code' Compensate for Anomia? The case study of FN, a patient with color anomia

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A case study is reported on large ischemic infracts involving cortical and subcortical areas of the parietal lobes bilaterally, especially left temporo-parietal and right parietal. On examination, the diagnosis of vascular dementia with color anomia, optic aphasia for colors, was established. The patient (FN) showed great difficulty in understanding a scene as a whole and in describing complex scenes. FN's oral comprehension skills at word and sentence level were satisfactory and he exhibited communicative effectiveness during conversation. He could read letter by letter, but could not make simple judgments of shapes. FN exhibited a marked inability to name colors presented to him visually and to indicate or point to the color requested from the examiner. The most interesting of all the patient's characteristics was the strategy – a football-team color-code – he had developed for compensating for his inability to name colors.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology 2: School of Medicine - 2nd Clinic of Neurology AHEPA Hospital Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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