What is it about?

The traditional way to tell if somebody may be having memory problems is to administer a test and calculate a score. A bit like with an IQ test, a single number is expected to encapsulate the memory ability of a person. Our approach is slightly different. We like to take existing tests and see what else these tests can teach us about a person's memory. In this study, we apply a simple scoring method, called the Recency ratio, which we show works better than traditional scores when trying to predict pathological signs of neurodegeneration.

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Why is it important?

Improving the accuracy of existing neuropsychological memory tests has two advantages: 1) it will make diagnosis and early detection of neurodegenerative risk easier, and 2) it does not require the clinician to change tests - it simply asks for a little more flexibility in how these tests are used.


I am proud of this work, which we were invited to publish as part of a special issue on "Novel neuropsychological instruments for the prodromal and preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease".

Davide Bruno
Liverpool John Moores University

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This page is a summary of: Cross-sectional associations of CSF tau levels with Rey’s AVLT: A recency ratio study., Neuropsychology, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/neu0000821.
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