Analysis of story recall in military veterans with and without mild traumatic brain injury: Preliminary results

Karen Gallagher, Tamiko Azuma

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether detailed analysis of story recall performance reveals significant differences between veterans with and without history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Method: Twenty-one military veterans participated, with 7 reporting history of mTBI. All participants were administered the Logical Memory I and II subtests from the Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth Edition (Wechsler, 2009). Responses were scored for total correct ideas (TCI) and total words produced (TWP). Results: Although the groups did not differ in scaled scores, other measures did reveal significant differences. After a delay, the mTBI group showed a greater drop in TCI relative to the control group. Additionally, the control group showed an increase in TWP when the recall was delayed versus immediate; a pattern not observed for the mTBI group. Conclusions: The mTBI and control groups did not significantly differ in scaled scores. However, group differences were observed in TCI and TWP. The findings suggest that, relative to the control group, the mTBI group were less successful in retrieving episodic information and eliciting self-cueing. Small sample size limited data interpretation, and larger sample sizes are needed to confirm the findings. The results indicate that veterans with mTBI may present with symptoms persisting beyond the acute state of the injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Issue number1S
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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