The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA
Address correspondence to: Jason Brandt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meyer 218, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287-7218.
Stability of performance on the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test (HVLT) was assessed in 45 healthy elderly subjects over a 9-month period. Stability coefficients were moderate but statistically significant for total recall ( r = 0.50), true-positive recognitions ( r = 0.66), and false-positive errors ( r = 0.42). These correlations are comparable to test-retest correlations reported for other clinical tests of verbal memory (e.g., Logical Memory subtest of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised, California Verbal Learning Test) and are sufficient for its clinical use.