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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

FONSECA, Rochele Paz; PARENTE, Maria Alice de Mattos Pimenta; COTE, Hélène  and  JOANETTE, Yves. Adaptation process to Brazilian Portuguese of the Montreal communication evaluation battery: MAC battery. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.2, pp. 259-267. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000200012.

This research aims to present the adaptation of the "Protocole Montréal d'Évaluation de la Communication - Protocole MEC" (Montreal Communication Evaluation Battery - MAC Battery) to Brazilian Portuguese, in accordance with psycholinguistics criteria. MAC Battery is a Canadian instrument constructed to evaluate right hemisphere communicative and linguistic abilities, considering four processing domains: discoursive, pragmatic-inferential, lexical-semantic and prosodic. The participants were six translators, three specialist judges, 54 non-specialist judges and 16 subjects from pilot studies. Adaptation procedures included translation, judge analysis of psycholinguistics criteria and two pilot tests. Some tasks required a harder stimulus adaptation process - Metaphor interpretation, Narrative discourse and Semantic judgement - focusing a main finality: to keep each task's objective as idealized in the original instrument. This neuropsychological test can be used to evaluate communication abilities of patients with right brail damage, frontal lesion, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; communication; language; right hemisphere; psychological evaluation.

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