Spot-the-word: A measure for estimating premorbid intellectual functioning

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Abstract

The present study investigates the validity of a recently developed measure for estimating premorbid cognitive abilities. The Spot-the-Word Test involves presenting participants with pairs of items comprised of one word and one nonword, and requiring the subject to identify the word. Participants were 61 community-residing healthy older adults ranging in age from 60 to 91 years. Results indicated that education had a small but significant effect on Spot-the-Word performance. However, gender and age did not. Significant correlations were observed between Spot-the-Word scores and scores on other measures used to estimate premorbid abilities, suggesting adequate convergent validity. Furthermore, small and nonsignificant correlations were observed between Spot-the-Word scores and sensitive neuropsychological variables suggesting adequate discriminant validity. Recommendations for future research are discussed. Copyright (C) 2000 National Academy of Neuropsychology.

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Yuspeh, R. L., & Vanderploeg, R. D. (2000). Spot-the-word: A measure for estimating premorbid intellectual functioning. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 15(4), 319–326. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0887-6177(99)00020-7

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