General knowledge of the world: A standardised assessment

C. Mariani, L. Sacco, H. Spinnler, A. Venneri

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An entirely verbal enquiry of "General Knowledge of the World" made up by 168 questions exploring 14 domains of knowledge (12 questions each) has been standardised on 175 (97 women and 78 men) healthy Italian subjects with at least 8 years of formal education. Norms for each set of questions are provided. An unexpected finding is that age did not play an influential role on performance, whereas education did: the higher it was, the better the score. Women proved to fare significantly worse than men. A feasibility check on 30 Alzheimer patients with very mild overall cognitive impairment showed that the general knowledge enquiry was relatively easy to administer. The discrimination power between nonnal controls and Alzheimer patients for each subtest has been calculated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002


  • General knowledge of the world
  • Remote memory
  • Sex differences in knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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