Malingering of memory impairment on the Colorado Priming Test

Brian E. McGuire*, E. Arthur Shores

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    Objectives. We hypothesized that simulated malingerers would show a weaker priming effect and a longer response latency than control patients and patients with a brain injury on a priming test. Design. Participants were compared on their performance on the Colorado Priming Test to replicate and extend the original validation study. Methods. Of 33 participants, 16 were people with a brain injury and 17 were non-head injured control patients who were also instructed to feign cognitive impairment (simulators N = 17). Results. Up to 88 per cent of simulating malingerers and 75 per cent of head-injured participants were correctly classified. Conclusions. The Colorado Priming Test may be useful in identifying patients feigning memory impairment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-102
    Number of pages4
    JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998


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