Memory Tests for Neuro Psychologists
The BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB),
published in September 2009, is a revision and extension of the
Adult Memory and Information Processing Battery
The BMIPB is a collection of memory and speed tests
which builds on the success of the AMIPB but includes a number of
revisions and extra features.
The tests enable clinical neuropsychologists to
measure how much a brain injury is affecting someone's memory and
information processing. This vital information is then used to plan
individual rehabilitation programmes and to chart the person's
The BMIPB has been created by Professor Michael
Oddy, Director of Clinical Services for BIRT, in collaboration with
Dr Tony Coughlan (the originator of the AMIPB) and Professor John
Crawford, an expert in test construction from the University of
Many existing memory tests have only one or two
forms so that, if the clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist
wishes to reassess a person on a number of occasions, they will
have to repeat the tests using exactly the same materials.
Repeating a memory test several times means people are likely to
get higher scores simply because they become familiar with the
material. The test results could imply that memory has improved
when it has not done so.
The BMIPB therefore has four parallel (equivalent
but different) forms so that a person can be assessed validly on up
to four occasions. This is also important where a progressive
condition such as Alzheimer's is suspected, in order to chart any
deterioration in memory or speed of thinking.
The BMIPB includes two tests of recognition memory.
Practice effects have been built in to the norms and there are
computer programmes to calculate regression-based continuous norms
and to measure change over re-assessments using previous scores as
predictors. It has also been completely recalibrated on a group of
300 healthy adults ranging in age from 16 to 89.
To order your test please download and complete the
form and order
form and send them to the address below.
For further information contact:
Prof. Michael Oddy
Five Oaks Road
Slinfold, nr Horsham
West Sussex RH13 0TP
Telephone: 01403 799163
Fax: 01403 791738