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The Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test.
Wilson, B.A., Cockburn, J. & Baddeley, A.D.
Flempton: Thames Valley Test Company.
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Most clinical memory tests are extensions of laboratory tests. As such they do not map directly onto memory problems encountered by patients in their everyday lives. They therefore may be poor predictors of such problems, may be resisted by patients and fail to convince the non-psychologist of their relevance. The Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test was devised to solve this problem. It consists of a number of subtests each attempting to provide an objective measure of one of a range of everyday memory problems. It has been validated using the observation of memory lapses in a sample of 80 brain-damaged patients observed over an average of 55 hours each. It proved to have a high correlation with observed lapses ( r = .75) and to have high inter-rater and good alternate-form reliability. Four parallel versions of the test are available. It is short, easy to understand, to handle and to interpret, and is applicable to a wide range of environmental settings.