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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

Print version ISSN 0102-7972On-line version ISSN 1678-7153

Abstract

MARTINS, Marjorie R. et al. Alternative Versions of the Logical Memory Subtest of the WMS-R: Performance Analyses of a Healthy Sample from the City of São Paulo. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.444-453. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678-7153.201528303.

The Logical Memory test of the Wechsler Memory Scale - Revised (WMS-R) is widely used in clinical practice as a tool for verbal memory assessment. The aim of this study was to examine the initial psychometric properties of alternative versions of the stories translated and freely adapted from WMS -R used in Brazil: three stories comparable to Ana Soares' and three to Roberto Mota's stories. The sample consisted of 655 adults aged between 18 and 35 years. Immediate and delayed free recall of each original and alternative story was requested. The analysis of equivalence between the recall of alternative and original stories showed that five stories proved equivalent to the original stories, if applied individually. Recall of three pairs of these alternative stories was also equivalent to that of the original pair. An analysis using Item Response Theory (IRT) showed the items with best discriminative index. Therefore, the alternative stories proposed here can be used in normalization studies.

Keywords : Neuropsychological assessment; episodic memory; WMS-R; prose recall; free-recall.

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