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A. M. E. N. ), Practical Aspects of Memory. Academic Press, London. Locke, J. (1690) Everyman's Library Edition (1961) 1, 339-40. J. (1959) Short-term retention of individual verbal items. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 193-8. w. (1965) Short-term temporal changes in free recall. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 17, 132-8. Rabbitt, P. B. D. ), Attention and Performance IX. J. Shallice, T (1979) Neuropsychological research and the fractionation of memory systems, in L. ), Perspectives in Memory Research.

On factor analysis, various factors were found to be predictive of vocational outcome. Behaviour disorders and cognitive difficulties accounted for the largest proportion of the variability. Other factors accounting for slightly less of the variability in outcome were environmental problems, motor control, age, neuroticism and personal appearance. A number of these areas are easy to assess in the clinic. For example, some may be measured by means What functions need to be assessed? 41 of standardized questionnaires (neuroticism), behavioural observation (personal appearance), careful history (environmental problems, age) and physical examination (motor control).

These limit the test for use in routine neuropsychological assessment. However, despite these criticisms, it is becoming widely used in clinical practice and since better alternatives are not available will probably continue to be used. Delayed recall of verbal material is usually assessed on the Logical Memory test, but an alternative is to use the delayed recall test from the Williams battery. A card with nine pictures is shown to the patient, who is asked to name each picture. After a ten minute delay the patient is asked to recall the pictures, and for those items which he fails he is then given cues.

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