Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Recognition Memory Test

  • Jill B. RichEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1148


Forced-choice test; Yes/no recognition


Recognition memory testing refers to a test format in which previously presented material is subsequently re-presented by the examiner along with new material. Items may be presented one at a time, in which case the task is to indicate for each trial whether the item was encountered previously in a particular context (yes/no recognition). Another common format involves presentation of the old item together with new items (termed foils or distractors). The task in this case is to indicate whichof the items had been encountered previously (forced-choice recognition). Recognition memory tests may differ on a number of variables, including the modality (visual or auditory), material (verbal or nonverbal), or test format (yes/no or forced choice), of the information being tested. Although recognition memory is typically easier than free recall, the difficulty level may be manipulated by increasing the similarity between target and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada