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Embodiment in tests of cognitive functioning: A study of an interpreter-mediated dementia evaluation
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7562-991X
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Literature. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 138-163Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores how manners of mediation, and the use of embodiment in interpreter-mediated conversation have an impact on tests of cognitive functioning in a dementia evaluation. By a detailed analysis of video recordings, we show how participants-an occupational therapist, an interpreter, and a patient-use embodied practices to make the tasks of a test of cognitive functioning intelligible, and how participants collaboratively put the instructions of the tasks into practice. We demonstrate that both instructions and instructed actions-and the whole procedure of accomplishing the tasks-are shaped co-operatively by embodied practices of all three participants involved in the test situation. Consequently, the accomplishment of the tasks should be viewed as the outcome of a collaborative achievement of instructed actions, rather than an individual product. The result of the study calls attention to issues concerning interpretations of, and the reliability of interpreter-mediated tests and their bearings for diagnostic procedures in dementia evaluations.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD , 2018. Vol. 17, no 2, p. 138-163
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cognitive functioning; embodiment; ethnomethodological conversation analysis; interpreting; dementia evaluation
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145243DOI: 10.1177/1471301216635341ISI: 000424202900002PubMedID: 26924841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145243DiVA, id: diva2:1188344
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Funding Agencies|Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation [M10-0187:1]

Available from: 2018-03-07 Created: 2018-03-07 Last updated: 2018-03-07

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