Simple verbal analogies test: Normative data on a short task exploring abstract thinking

Roberto Gallassi, Luisa Sambati, Michelangelo Stanzani Maserati, Roberto Poda, Federico Oppi, Maddalena De Matteis, Gianfranco Marano

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Abstract

Background and aims: The simple verbal analogies test (SVAT) is a short neuropsychological task requiring few minutes of administration that explores inductive verbal abstract thinking. It already showed a good specificity and sensitivity in discriminating normal controls from probable Alzheimer's disease patients. Verbal working memory, semantic knowledge and memory and word-finding ability are also involved in performing analogies. The aim of this study is to provide the normative values of this test in a sample of normal controls and corrections of raw scores and equivalent scores. Methods and results: We determined the normative values of SVAT in a sample of 424 normal controls to provide corrections of raw scores and equivalent scores. Conclusions: SVAT is a useful test to assess executive functions, working memory and to discriminate between cognitive deterioration and normal aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Abstract thinking
  • Aging
  • Cognitive deterioration
  • Executive functions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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