Word and Picture Version of the Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test (FCSRT): Is There Any Difference?

J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;61(1):47-52. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170712.


The Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test (FCSRT) is the most commonly used neuropsychological test to evaluate episodic memory. Two variants of FCSRT exist, using the recall of words (FCSRT-w) or pictures (FCSRT-p). Fourteen patients with mild cognitive impairment underwent neuropsychological evaluation and brain magnetic resonance. We found differences in FCSRT-w and FCSRT-p variants scores. FCSRT-p was correlated with atrophy in areas involved in visual stimuli processing while FCSRT-w was correlated to hippocampal atrophy. Our study suggests that FCSRT-w and FCSRT-p scores are not equivalent, but a larger cohort of patients is needed to validate these results.

Keywords: Atrophy; dementia; magnetic resonance imaging; memory; neuropsychology.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Association Learning / physiology
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / diagnosis*
  • Cues*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mental Recall / physiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Vocabulary*