A comparison of MicroCog and the Wechler Memory Scale (3rd ed.) in older adults

Helmes, E., and Miller, M. (2006) A comparison of MicroCog and the Wechler Memory Scale (3rd ed.) in older adults. Applied Neuropsychology, 13 (1). pp. 28-33.

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In recent years, computerized assessment of cognitive functions such as memory has increased in popularity. Here we contrast the performance of 33 community-dwelling older adults (mean age 71.2 years, SD = 7.62) on the computer-based MicroCog with the conventional Wechsler Memory Scale-3rd Edition (WMS-III). Participants were screened for possible depression using the Geriatric Depression Scale and completed both memory tests in counterbalanced order. WMS-III General Memory correlated moderately with both the MicroCog Memory index and the General Cognitive Functioning index. Correlations between the visual memory measures of the 2 tests were not statistically significant. Agreement between the tests on the classification of participants as lying within the average, below average, or above average ranges was fair at best. We conclude that the correspondence between the 2 measures is not sufficient to substitute 1 for the other for clinical decision making as to the memory functioning of older adults.

Item ID: 4040
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-4826
Keywords: memory tests, Wechsler Memory Scale–III, older adults, computerized test, administration, MicroCog
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 04:54
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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