The Word Completion Memory Test (WCMT: A new test to detect malingered memory deficits

Robin C. Hilsabeck, Denny C. LeCompte, Allison R. Marks, Jordan Grafman

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Abstract

In recent years, much research has focused on developing tests to detect malingering. A drawback of existing tests is their poor ability to detect malingerers possessing more 'sophisticated' knowledge of neuropsychological deficits. The current study presents preliminary validation data on a new measure, the Word Completion Memory Test (WCMT), which is the first malingering test to utilize a sophisticated coaching methodology in its development. The WCMT was administered to control participants, memory-impaired patients, and coached simulators. The coached simulators were provided with specific information about and examples of memory deficits commonly experienced following closed head injury (CHI; e.g., anterograde vs. retrograde amnesia). They also read a detailed scenario describing the lifestyle and motivations likely experienced by CHI litigants, and then practiced their roles by taking a quiz about their deficits. Results showed that 93% of coached simulators and 100% of control and memory-impaired participants were correctly classified by the WCMT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-678
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Analogue
  • Coaching
  • Malingering
  • Neuropsychological
  • WCMT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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The Word Completion Memory Test (WCMT : A new test to detect malingered memory deficits. / Hilsabeck, Robin C.; LeCompte, Denny C.; Marks, Allison R.; Grafman, Jordan.

In: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Vol. 16, No. 7, 2001, p. 669-678.

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Hilsabeck, Robin C. ; LeCompte, Denny C. ; Marks, Allison R. ; Grafman, Jordan. / The Word Completion Memory Test (WCMT : A new test to detect malingered memory deficits. In: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2001 ; Vol. 16, No. 7. pp. 669-678.
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