Thesis Title

Development of the Visual Memory Subtests of the Computerized Memory Scale

Author

Matthew Awad

Date of Graduation

Summer 2000

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

David Richard

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

The use of computerized assessment instruments is becoming increasingly common in the assessment of psychological disorders. This study was designed to assess the Computerized Memory Scale (CMS), a computer-administered test of visual memory, by describing the development of the test as well as examining test-retest reliability and concurrent and discriminant validity in a non-clinical population. Concurrent and discriminant validity were examined through comparisons to the Wechsler Memory Scale, 3rd Edition (WMS-III). Participants reacted favorably to the CMS and indicated a preference for computerized testing over traditional examiner administration. Results suggest the Figure Drawing subtests of the CMS may be the best measures of visual memory on the scale. The Missing Objects subtest demonstrated unacceptably low test-retest reliability and the Visual Sequencing subtest did not correlate well with any of the WMS-III visual memory subtests. Future assessment of this measure should include examination of individual test items, test performance in clinical populations, and enhanced data analysis of participant attitudes regarding computerized test preferences.

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