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The Speed and Capacity of Language Processing (SCOLP) Test.
Baddeley, A.D., Emslie, H. & Nimmo-Smith, I.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: Thames Valley Test Company.
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Brain damage slows down the rate at which people think. Even when brain damaged subjects can perform a wide range of cognitive tasks, the rate at which they perform these tasks can be reduced. Although many tests exist to detect and measure breakdown in language processing there are very few tests which are designed to measure this slowing in cognitive processes. We have developed two brief but sensitive measures which will do just this: the first, The Speed of Language Comprehension Test allows the rate of information processing to be measured and the second, The Spot-the-Word Test, provides a framework for interpreting the results of that first test. Hence the Speed and Capacity of Language Processing Test (SCOLP) enables one to differentiate between a subject who has always been slow and a subject whose performance has been impaired as a result of brain damage or some other stressor. The SCOLP Test is brief and easy to administer and will be particularly useful to neurologists, geriatricians, GPs, nurses, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and all those concerned with the effects of closed head injury, normal ageing, Alzheimer's Disease and Schizophrenia, as well as the effects of drugs and stressors such as alcohol, benzodiazapines and High Pressure Nervous Syndrome.