Measuring episodic memory: A novel approach with an indefinite number of alternative forms

Humphreys, Michael, Smith, Simon, Pachana, Nancy A., Tehan, Gerry, & Byrne, Gerard J. (2010) Measuring episodic memory: A novel approach with an indefinite number of alternative forms. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24(8), pp. 1080-1094.

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Both clinical practice and clinical research settings can require successive administrations of a memory test, particularly when following the trajectory of suspected memory decline in older adults. However, relatively few verbal episodic memory tests have alternative forms. We set out to create a broad based memory test to allow for the use of an essentially unlimited number of alternative forms. Four tasks for inclusion in such a test were developed. These tasks varied the requirement for recall as opposed to recognition, the need to form an association between unrelated words, and the need to discriminate the most recent list from earlier lists, all of which proved useful. A total of 115 participants completed the battery of tests and were used to show that the test could differentiate between older and younger adults; a sub-sample of 73 participants completed alternative forms of the tests to determine test-retest reliability and the amount of learning to learn.

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ID Code: 29061
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/acp.1591
ISSN: 1099-0720
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Deposited On: 14 Dec 2009 03:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:32

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