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Continuous Visual Memory Test

Donald E. Trahan, PhD, and Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD

Assesses visual memory in individuals ages 7–15 and 18–80 years
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
7 years to 80 years
45–50 minutes (includes 30-minute delay); 10 minutes to score
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The CVMT uses complex, ambiguous designs and a recognition format to measure visual learning and memory.

Features and benefits

  • The CVMT utilizes a task format that increases task sensitivity and reduces the confounding influence of verbal encoding strategies. It eliminates the motor responses required by drawing tasks and restricts the verbal labeling required by tests that use simplistic geometric figures and common objects.
  • Features an Acquisition Task that tests recognition memory, a Delayed Recognition Task that measures retrieval from long-term storage after a 30-minute delay, and a Visual Discrimination Task that distinguishes visual discrimination deficits from visual memory problems.
  • The clinical sensitivity of the CVMT has been demonstrated in patients with unilateral right hemisphere cerebral vascular accident (i.e., stroke), individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and patients who have suffered severe head trauma.