NSHD – Age 60-64 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test

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The MRC National Survey of Health of Development (NSHD) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 60-64 sweep using the Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test.

Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.


Domain:Verbal (memory)
Measures:Attention
Short-term episodic memory
Verbal memory
Free-recall memory
CHC:Glr (Long-Term Storage and Retrieval)
Administration method:Research nurse; face to face; pen and paper
Procedure:Same procedure as age 53
Link to questionnaire:https://skylark.ucl.ac.uk/NSHD/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=questionnaires:2008_nurse.pdf (opens in new tab)
Scoring:A point was awarded for every correct word recalled (0 - 45 [immediate]; 0 - 15[delayed])
Item-level variable(s):WLE109 - WLTD09
Total score/derived variable(s):WLT09
Descriptives:
Raw score
N = 2,150
Range = 4 - 43
Mean = 24.26
SD = 6.11
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Age of participants (months):Mean = 760.24, SD = 13.36, Range = 724 - 780
Other sweep and/or cohort:NCDS – Age 50 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test (Immediate and Delayed) (1 trial only; 10 words, presented aurally)
NCDS – Age 61-63 – Proposed repeat of tests at age 50
BCS70 – Age 46-47 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test (Immediate and Delayed) (1 trial only; 10 words, presented aurally)
NSHD – Age 43 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test
NSHD – Age 53 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test
NSHD – Age 68-70 – Verbal Learning/Word List Recall Test
Source:This task was developed specifically for this study by the NSHD team led by Prof Bryan Rodgers. Similar tasks have been used to measure verbal learning for decades, e.g. Bush and Mosteller (1955).
Technical resources:None
Reference examples:Hurst, L., Stafford, M., Cooper, R., Hardy, R., Richards, M., & Kuh, D. (2013). Lifetime socioeconomic inequalities in physical and cognitive aging. American Journal of Public Health, 103(9), 1641-1648.
James, S. N., Davis, D., O'Hare, C., Sharma, N., John, A., Gaysina, D., ... & Richards, M. (2018). Lifetime affective problems and later-life cognitive state: Over 50 years of follow-up in a British birth cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 241, 348-355.

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This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.