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

Authors
  • Geffen, Gina1, 2
  • Moar, K J1, 2
  • O'hanlon, A P1, 2
  • Clark, C R1, 2
  • Geffen, L B1, 2
  • 1 a Neuropsychology Research Unit, Julia Farr Centre.
  • 2 b Psychology Discipline, The Flinders University of South Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Clinical neuropsychologist
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1990
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
45–63
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13854049008401496
PMID: 29022439
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

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.

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