Protocol - Verbal Memory - Adult

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Logical Memory is an interviewer-administered test that is a part of the Wechsler Memory Scale®, Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV). The interviewer reads the respondent a story and asks the respondent to repeat details of the story from memory. The test can be performed as both an immediate and delayed recall. The protocol includes scoring instructions that account for specific versus paraphrased details.

Specific Instructions

Logical Memory is a proprietary subtest of the Wechsler Memory Scale®, Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV). Each WMS-III or WMS-IV subtest is a part of a complete WMS-III/IV assessment and is not sold separately. To administer a subtest requires a licensing agreement from Pearson. Researchers should complete and return an application to pas.licensing@pearson.com. The current fee for each subtest use is $1.25 each-subject to a minimum licensing fee.


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Immediate Recall

The examiner reads the respondent a short (4-5 lines) story and then asks them to recall details about the story. If the respondent is unable to recall any details or after they have finished providing details, the examiner prompts them to determine if they can recall any additional information.

Delayed Recall

After a predetermined amount of time, the examiner asks the respondent to remember any details they can recall about the story. If the respondent is unable to recall any details or after they have finished providing details, the examiner prompts them to determine if they can recall any additional information. After all details are obtained, the respondent is asked multiple choice questions about the story content.

Wechsler Memory Scale, Fourth Edition (WMS-IV). Copyright © 2009 NCS Pearson, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Wechsler Memory Scale® and WMS® are registered trademarks of NCS Pearson, Inc.

Personnel and Training Required

Personnel should be trained by a licensed neuropsychologist or other trained medical professional experienced with the Logical Memory test.

· Additionally, investigators are encouraged to have quality control procedures (such as videotaping sessions, etc.) in place to maintain consistency across examiners.

Equipment Needs

The interviewer will need a copy of the test that includes the story and a copy of the scoring instructions and multiple-choice test.

Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Performance-based task


Adolescent, Adult, Senior


Adults, aged 18- 89 years and 11 months

Children, aged 16-18 years

Selection Rationale

Logical Memory was selected because it is a widely used, validated protocol that requires less time to administer than similar instruments.


Chinese, English

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Verbal memory proto 62772-9 LOINC
Human Phenotype Ontology Memory impairment HP:0002354 HPO
Derived Variables


Process and Review

Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.

Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:

· No changes

Protocol Name from Source

Wechsler Memory Scale®, Logical Memory subtest, Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV)


Wechsler, D. (2009). Wechsler Memory Scale®, Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV). Pearson Assessments.

The Wechsler Memory Scale®, Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV) is proprietary instrument and can be obtained through:

Attn: Customer Service
P.O. Box 599700
San Antonio, TX 78259
Telephone: 800.627.7271
Email: clinicalcustomersupport@pearson.com

General References


Protocol ID


Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
PX130801000000 Protocol 130801 - proprietary. Check DCW for more
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Measure Name

Verbal Memory

Release Date

May 12, 2010


An interviewer-administered test that measures the ability of the respondent to recall words and spoken items.


This measure tests a respondent’s total range of function with respect to verbal memory. It is therefore more specific and sensitive than a measure of global mental status and can be used to assess major problems in verbal memory as well as minor variations that may be a consequence of normal aging.


Neurology, cognition, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, proprietary, gerontology, aging, geriatrics

Measure Protocols
Protocol ID Protocol Name
130801 Verbal Memory - Adult
130802 Verbal Memory - Child

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