Teaching face-name associations to survivors of traumatic brain injury: A sequential treatment approach

Nancy J. Manasse, K. Hux, J. Snell

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Recalling names in real-world contexts is often difficult for survivors of traumatic brain injury despite successful completion of face-name association training programmes. This small number study utilized a sequential treatment approach in which a traditional training programme preceded real-world training. The traditional training component was identical across programmes: one-on-one intervention using visual imagery and photographs to assist in mastery of face-name associations. The real-world training component compared the effectiveness of three cueing strategies-name restating, phonemic cueing and visual imagery - and was conducted by the actual to-be-named people. Results revealed improved name learning and use by the participants regardless of cueing strategy. After treatment targeting six names, four of five participants consistently used two or more names spontaneously and consistently knew three or more names in response to questioning. In addition to documenting the effectiveness of real-world treatment paradigms, the findings call into question the necessity for preliminary traditional intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-641
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 10 2005


  • Face-name recall
  • Memory impairments
  • Real-world treatment
  • TBI
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual imagery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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