The Color Object Association Test (COAT): the development of a new measure of declarative memory for 18- to 36-month-old toddlers.

Published on Dec 19, 2007in Child Neuropsychology2.405
· DOI :10.1080/09297040601100430
Catherine M Jordan11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UMN: University of Minnesota),
Andrea Johnson7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMN: University of Minnesota)
+ 1 AuthorsElsa Shapiro37
Estimated H-index: 37
(UMN: University of Minnesota)
Few methods exist to measure declarative (explicit) memory in children during the toddler and preschool stages of development. We report the development and psychometric properties of a new measure of declarative memory for this age group, the Color Object Association Test (COAT). In pilot testing and large scale application of the test, the COAT was demonstrated to be a reliable and a valid measure of declarative memory for healthy children ages 18–36 months, living in a disadvantaged community. The test shows a linear developmental trajectory, which allows longitudinal examination of the development of declarative memory in children.
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