Performance measures of 16- to 86-year-old males and females on the auditory verbal learning test

Gina Geffen, K. J. Moar, A. P. O'Hanlon, C. R. Clark, L. B. Geffen

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    Abstract

    This study reports Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT) data for 153 adults in age groups spanning seven decades, with approximately equal numbers of males and females and matched for intelligence, education, and occupation. Overall performance deteriorated with increased age, females performing better than males. Older subjects recalled fewer words, were more susceptible to information overload during input, showed diminished retrieval efficiency, and had a decline in memory for the source of items. In contrast, rate of learning, forgetting over 20-min, monitoring of recall, and interference effects remained stable across the age range.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-63
    Number of pages19
    JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
    Volume4
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

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