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Adult Cognition, Language and Neuropsychology -

Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT-II)
Barbara A Wilson, Janet Cockburn and Alan Baddeley, 2003

Identify everyday memory problems and 
to monitor change over time

Age Range:
16 to 96 years

Individual - 25 to 30 minutes

A great number of clinical memory tests have been devised, most of them performing a useful function in estimating some aspect of memory capacity of patients. Virtually all, however, suffer from the limitation that they are essentially extensions of laboratory memory tests, and as such, do not map on to the memory problems encountered by patients in their everyday lives. Such laboratory-based tests also lack face validity, and as such, may be resisted by patients, and provide evidence that fails to convince the non-psychologist. The original Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT) was devised to solve this problem. It comprised a number of subtests, each attempting to provide an objective measure of one of a range of everyday memory problems reported and observed in patients with memory difficulties.

With the release of the English language RBMT-II, we have taken the opportunity to make a number of improvements to the packaging and test materials, with the key reason to consider adding this to your test battery being the inclusion of new photographs reflecting the true nature of our multi-racial society.

This new second edition of the RBMT includes a set of photographs of faces that are representative of the multi-racial nature of most societies round the world. The photos and other visual stimuli are no longer presented on separate cards but are contained in stimulus books, thus making presentation and safe-keeping easier. The release also includes a change to the scoring procedure for the ‘route round the room’ task in order to avoid possible ambiguities.

For each sub test two scores are produced, a simple pass/stroke fail or screening score, and a standardized profile score. The screening score ranges from 0 to 12 and the standardized profile score ranges from 0 to 24. The screening score offers a simple way of estimating whether a patient is likely to have everyday memory problems or not, while the profile score offers a more sensitive measure of change, and hence would be more suitable for measuring change e.g. resulting from deterioration in the patient or from improvement following treatment. 

Available Products


Complete kit: Includes manual, 25 scoring sheets, 2 supplements, 4 stimulus books, 1 CD and a timer in a case
Additional copies of materials:
Scoring sheets, pack of 50