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Assessment. 2003 Mar;10(1):3-12.

Commission error rates on a continuous performance test are related to deficits measured by the Benton Visual Retention Test.

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Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 77030, USA.


This study is one in a series investigating the relationship between impulsive behavior on a Continuous Performance Test (i.e., the Immediate and Delayed Memory Task) and other cognitive deficits measured by clinical instruments. Forty-two adolescents were selected for two groups, controls and hospitalized patients with disruptive behavior disorders. Each adolescent completed the Immediate and Delayed Memory Task and the Benton Visual Retention Test. Our main findings were that, even when controlling for IQ, the Immediate and Delayed Memory Task commission errors were associated with adverse Benton performance, but only in the patient group. These results may be explained by a shared association between processes of impulsivity and other deficits of executive control that may interfere with successful performance of the Benton.

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