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GONZALEZ AGUILAR, María Josefina; RUBIO, Milagros  and  GRASSO, Lina. Learning potential assessment in the elderly: mediation influence in a memory assessment test. Cienc. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.215-222. ISSN 1688-4094.

The "learning potential" version of the Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT-LP) assesses memory performance after an active intervention (mediation). The AVLT-LP allows to quantify a learning curve by means of a gain score. Previous studies showed that if the gain score is equal- to or greater than 3, it would be evidence of learning potential. Objectives. To analyze performance in healthy old adults assessed with AVLT-PA with mediation (MG) and without mediation (NoMG). Method. A neuropsychological battery was applied to 2 groups (MG and NoMG) of 35 cognitively-healthy older adults aged between 60 and 85 years old. The performance between both groups was compared. Results. The MG obtained higher scores than the NoMG in AVLT-LP´s last trial, post-test and gain score. Conclusions. In both groups, the subjects started the AVLT-LP by remembering a similar number of words. However, the MG subjects retained more words than the NoMG showing the enhancement in memory applying the AVLT-PA to assess learning potential

Keywords : learning potential; memory; dynamic assessment; neuropsychology; aging; elderly.

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