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Hopkins Verbal Learning Test - Revised (HVLT-R)
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Supplemental – Highly Recommended: Epilepsy, Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) (Adults)
Supplemental: Huntington's Disease (HD), and Stroke
Short Description of Instrument
Purpose: THE HVLT-R offers a brief assessment of verbal learning and memory (recognition and recall) for individuals 16 years and older. It is easy to administer and score and is well- tolerated even by significantly impaired individuals.
Overview: The HVLT-R requires recall of a series of 12 words over three learning trials, free recall after a delay, and a recognition trial.
Time: The assessment takes approximately 5-10 minutes with a 25-minute delay to complete and 2 minutes to score.
Advantages: Multiple alternate versions allowing retesting. Available literature in mild TBI and sports concussion.
Epilepsy Specific: While the HVLT is classified as a level C test, we suggest will follow the precedent of MATRICS, the NIMH multicenter initiative that uses the HVLT to assess memory. For this CDE we suggest that there be a neuropsychologist at one of the participating centers of a clinical trial/multicenter investigation who will serve as the consultant to entire group for training, quality control, and interpretation of results. The individual research centers do not need to have a designated psychologist or neuropsychologist for data acquisition phase of the project.
Comments/Special Instructions
Memory problems are a common complaint as well as objective impairment on mental status testing. Verbal list learning is a robust assessment technique. The HVLT is an easily administered 12-item 3 learning trial verbal learning test with delayed recall and recognition memory testing. Advantages of the HVLT include a large normative base and several alternative forms. The test and norms are available in the public domain (see suggested reference) but can also be purchased commercially—but as a "C level test" consultation with a psychologist is recommended.
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: Raw scores are derived for Total Recall, Delayed Recall, Retention (% retained), and a Recognition Discrimination Index
Psychometric Properties: The HVLT-R correlated most strongly with other tests of verbal memory and relatively weakly with a test of general intelligence. The construct validity of the HVLT-R has been shown relative to other standard list learning tasks, and it is sensitive to dementia. The HVLT-R has generally modest-to-low one-year test-retest stability for several key HVLT-R component process variables
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Document last updated April 2020