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

Humphreys, Michael S., Smith, S., Pachana, Nancy A., Tehan, Gerry and Byrne, Gerard J. (2010) Measuring episodic memory: A novel approach with an indefinite number of alternative forms. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24 8: 1080-1094. doi:10.1002/acp.1591

Author Humphreys, Michael S.
Smith, S.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Tehan, Gerry
Byrne, Gerard J.
Title Measuring episodic memory: A novel approach with an indefinite number of alternative forms
Journal name Applied Cognitive Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-0720
Publication date 2010-11-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/acp.1591
Volume 24
Issue 8
Start page 1080
End page 1094
Total pages 15
Editor Graham Davies
Place of publication England, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley InsterScience
Language eng
Subject C1
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Discrimination learning
Episodic memory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Article first published online: 22 JUN 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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