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The clinical assessment of verbal memory

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Hennessy, M (1992) The clinical assessment of verbal memory. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

An assessment of verbal memory functioning must address a number of
issues. A thorough and comprehensive evaluation needs to account for new
and important models of memory function and dysfunction, and the significant
implications which these may have for diagnosis and rehabilitation.
Behaviourally based cognitive information must be integrated with
neuropsychological data which provide neuroanatomical correlates for
particular memory processes. Memory functioning is a diverse and complex
phenomenon which can be accurately and comprehensively assessed, only
when cognitive and neuropsychological perspectives are combined.
Cognitive theories have had a significant influence on the clinical assessment
of verbal memory, and the development of specific neuropsychological
procedures. However, often clinical evaluations have tended to lag behind
theoretical and experimental advances.
In the following review, current cognitive and neuropsychological
models of memory function will be evaluated, with an emphasis on the most
clinically useful developments dealing with the structure of short-term or
working memory, the efficiency of acquisition, storage and retrieval processes,
along with the fractionation of long-term memory. A number of commonly
used neuropsychological procedures will be reviewed, and an evaluation
made of their psychometric reliability and validity, including their ability to
differentiate both the nature and severity of memory dysfunction. The tests to
be considered are the National Adult Reading Test (NART), the verbal subtests of the Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS), the Rey Auditory Verbal
Learning Test (RAVLT), and the Bushke Selective Reminding Test (BSRT).

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Memory, Memory disorders
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Copyright 1992 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1993. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 02:24
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