The Token Test: Validity and Diagnostic Power in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Swihart A
  • Panisset M
  • Becker J
 et al. 
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Abstract

Assessed Token Test performance in 100 46–89 yr old patients classified as "probable Alzheimer's disease" according to National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke-Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association criteria. 90 46–78 yr olds served as controls. Ss were also administered a short version of the Token Test, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and a battery of tests designed to measure many specific neuropsychological functions. It was shown that this version of the Token Test correlated weakly with a measure of simple auditory-verbal comprehension but highly with the MMSE. On the basis of an item analysis, it is suggested that demented patients do poorly on the Token Test mainly due to perseveration rather than due to difficulty with auditory-verbal comprehension. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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