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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-99

Community-based naming agreement, familiarity, image agreement and visual complexity ratings among adult Indians


Department of Neurology, Cognition and Behavioral Neurology Section, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
P S Mathuranath
Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695 011, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.33216

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The validity of Snodgrass and Vanderwart pictures and their norms derived on a western population on naming, familiarity, imageability and visual-complexity, is not established on a population with cultural background different from the west. We developed, therefore, a set of culturally appropriate pictures for and derived norms on Indians. Line-drawings of 103 concepts (67 from Snodgrass and Vanderwart, 36 new) from 10 semantic-categories were normed on 200 community-based older subjects. Only 31% of the Snodgrass and Vanderwart items showed a concept-agreement on the Indians comparable to western norms. Naming, familiarity and image-agreement mutually correlated but not with visual-complexity. Low-education and rural-residence tended to reduced concept-agreement. The output of this study will be of use in national and cross-national studies.


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