Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

School of Health and Human Sciences

Phase II- Word knowledge/perceptual access for two characters
Overview:  During Phase II, the patient is told that they will be asked to help tell a number of stories. Each story involves two characters: Alice and Greg.  The patient is told that both Alice and Greg have thoughts about what is happening in each story. Sometimes each character’s thoughts will stay the same over several turns of events, and sometimes their thoughts will change. In addition, in some stories one character will know something that the other character does not know. This knowledge will alter one character’s thoughts but not the other’s. The patient is instructed to observe each situation to help decide when the characters’ thoughts change and when their thoughts do not.

Instructions:
Part A.

  • Task I – Alice and Greg view an object; generate 5 probable thoughts about the object that will be used for both characters.
  • Task II – Alice goes upstairs and thinks about object and Greg remains downstairs thinking about the object; generates 5 probable thoughts for each character.
  • Task III – Provide the common associations between Alice and Greg’s thoughts about the object. (Using bubble transparency)

Part B.

  • Task I – Alice and Greg view an object; review previous responses.
  • Task II – Alice goes upstairs and thinks about object; review previous responses.
  • Task III – Alice is upstairs thinking about the object and Greg remains downstairs. The object downstairs is altered by Greg; generates 5 probable thoughts about the object for each character and identify the similarities and differences between Alice and Greg’s thoughts about the object.

Part C.

  • Task I – Alice and Greg view an object; review previous responses.
  • Task II – Alice goes upstairs and thinks about object, review previous responses.
  • Task III – Alice is upstairs thinking about the object and Greg remains downstairs. The object downstairs is altered by Greg, and the patient generates 5 probable thoughts about the object for each character and identify the similarities and differences between Alice and Greg’s thoughts about the object; review previous responses.
  • Task IV – Alice is talking to her friend on the phone about the object . Chose the response that represents what Alice says to her friend about the object (patient is given 3 possible statements in a multiple choice format).
  • Task V – Alice is talking on the phone about the object .The patient is asked what does Alice say to her friend about the object Greg can either alter the object or keep it the same as Alice talks to her friend. Chose the response that represents what Alice says to her friend about the object (patient is given 3 possible statements in a multiple choice format).

Scoring: Responses to each task are scored as correct (1 point), delayed correct (.5), or incorrect (0). A patient can progress to the next task after receiving 90% accuracy on 5 trials of 10 items or 100% accuracy on 3 trials of 10 items.