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Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Word Memory Test

  • Grant L. IversonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia British Columbia Mental Health & Addictions Email author 


The Word Memory Test (WMT; Green 2003; Green et al. 1996) is a well-validated effort test. It has been employed in many studies with diverse control and clinical samples of children and adults with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, and self-reported depression (Dunn et al. 2003; Gervais et al. 2001, 2004; Gorissen et al. 2005; Green 2003, 2007; Green and Flaro 2003; Green and Iverson 2001; Green et al. 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003; Iverson et al. 1999; O’Bryant and Lucas 2006; Rohling et al. 2002a, b; Tan et al. 2002; Williamson et al. 2003). The WMT is a computerized test of the ability to learn a list of 20 word pairs. It takes about 7 min of the tester’s time and about 20 min of the patient’s time. The examinee is instructed to watch and remember a list of 20 semantically related word pairs (e.g., dog/cat, man/woman, pig/bacon, fish/fin). Each word pair is presented for 6 s. The list is presented twice. For immediate recognition (IR), the person is sho ...

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