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Visual Verbal Memory
Cognitive training

Verbal memory: These exercises are designed to encourage the use of different memorization strategies. Cognitive training of verbal memory may help to organize information in a coherent manner in order to call upon memorization strategies (ex.: item repetition, differential allocation of cognitive efforts, organization of material according to meaning, and mental elaboration).

Target Clientele

Children and adults (6 years and older) who:

NOTE: May be used by anyone as a simple cognitive training activity: This program requires reading ability

Target Skills

Mode: Visual
Principal skill(s) targeted: Verbal recognition memory

Exercises

    Levels
Stimuli Classes: 1. Texts 4
  2. Categories 6
  3. Themes 6
  4. Incomplete sentences 6
  5. Related themes 6

Scenario and task: Two people are playing telephone using tin cans attached by a string. The client must remember what is being said. The exercises involve two phases. In the first phase (memorization phase), sentences or series of words with or without relationships between them are presented on the screen. The client is asked to memorize them. The items remain on the screen for a certain amount of time and then disappear. In the second phase (recognition phase), words are presented. The user must then determine whether each of these words were or were not among the items to be memorized. The client must respond «yes» or «no».

Class 1: Texts. Complete sentences.

Class 2: Categories. Words related to a category (e.g.: numbers).

Class 3: Themes. Words that are part of a same theme (e.g.: airport).

NOTE regarding CLASSES 1 – 3: During the recognition phase, the client must recognize the words that were to be memorized from among words that were not part of the theme or category initially proposed.

Class 4: Incomplete sentences. Words that could easily be a part of a sentence if certain grammatical words were added (e.g. «to» «in», etc.).

Class 5: Related themes. Independent words that are part of a same theme.

NOTE regarding CLASSES 4 – 5: During the recognition phase, the words presented that were not among those to be memorized share a relationship with the words to be memorized.

Response mode(s): Click on the mouse or use arrow keys and the space bar to select.

Feedback:

Well Done! Correct response
Oops… Incorrect response

Difficulty Level Variables

Level Completion Criterion: 3 consecutive trials (recognition phases) in which all items were correct

* Note: the client automatically changes class after three consecutive errors.

The exam

The exam is comprised of 18 items representative of the Themes class.

Background

Instructions

Class 1. Text :

« You will read a short text. Try to memorize it. After a little while, the text will disappear and a word will be presented. Indicate whether this word was in the text. »

Class 2. Categories :

« Try to memorize the series of words presented. After a little while, words will appear on the screen one at a time. Indicate whether they were among the series of words you had to memorize. »

Class 3. Themes :

« Try to memorize the series of words presented. After a little while, words will appear on the screen one at a time. Indicate whether they were among the series of words you had to memorize. »

Class 4. Incomplete sentences :

« Try to memorize the series of words presented. After a little while, words will appear on the screen one at a time. Indicate whether they were among the series of words you had to memorize. »

Class 5. Related themes :

« Try to memorize the series of words presented. After a little while, words will appear on the screen one at a time. Indicate whether they were among the series of words you had to memorize. »