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J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 1989 Aug;11(4):539-50.

Selective Reminding Tests: a normative study of verbal learning in adults.

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  • 1University of California Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery, San Diego 92103.


Verbal learning was assessed according to the Selective Reminding Test (SRT) in order to establish normative data and to provide a comparison with measures of immediate attention, verbal IQ, and verbal memory. The 392 subjects, stratified by sex (202 women, 190 men), age (4 groups: 16-70 years), and education (3 groups), were free of conflicting pathologies. Learning curves were established on centiles (75, 50, 25, 5). Sex differences favoring women were found in percent of finishers (those who reached criterion), and at all percentile levels of acquisition. Data were analyzed for group differences in performance on the SRT and related concurrent measures, but sex differences were not found on the VIQ or immediate attention tests. Also, assumptions of age and education stratification were not confirmed. However, those who completed the task were better able to form associational strategies than those who were unable to finish. The present data indicate that it is important to use detailed norms by gender and criterion level if clinical interpretations are to be valid.

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