WLS Corpus




University of Wisconsin

https://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/

Participants: 1,264 (2004), 1,370 (2011)
Type of Study: Longitudinal
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/1QBB-C454

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Citation information

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one corpus reference.

Project Description

The WLS is a large-scale, long-term, longitudinal study of a random sample of men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. Data on these participants were collected five more times through 2011. The data here are a small subset of tasks from the 2004 (sometimes labeled as 2003) and 2011 testing that are relevant to the other language tasks used in DementiaBank corpora. The large majority of these participants would be considered healthy controls.

Media and Transcript Database contents:

The WLS media folder contains the following folders and subfolders:

  1. 00-19
  2. 0extra

The WLS Download transcripts folder contains CHAT transcripts of cookie the theft picture descriptions done at the 2011 testing. NOTE: These transcripts are currently somewhat rough and unlinked (except for folders 00 and 01). We are continuing to work on them and welcome any other assistance in this task.

Demographic data and test scores for these participants are available here. The first tab of the spreadsheet has data; the second tab has information about the variables and codes. The third tab has the participant list with a subset of the data: age, years of education, and scores on the category fluency task at the 2011 test date. The last column shows which participants scored 1 standard deviation below the means reported for cognitively intact individuals (Tombaugh, Kozak, & Rees, 1999) on the category fluency task (see Guo, Li, Roan, Pakhomov, & Cohen, 2021).

The full set of data in the spreadsheet includes:

  1. sex
  2. age, 2004
  3. age, 2011
  4. education -- highest level achieved
  5. memory, 2011 -- during the past four weeks, how would participant describe their ability to remember things?
  6. thinking, 2011 -- during the past four weeks, how would participant describe their ability to think and solve day to day problems?
  7. stroke, 2011 -- has a doctor ever told participant they had a stroke?
  8. mental illness, 2011 -- has participant ever been diagnosed with a mental illness?
  9. letter fluency version, 2004 -- F or L
  10. letter fluency, # scored words produced, 2004
  11. letter fluency, raw # words produced (scored and disqualified), 2004
  12. category fluency version, 2004 -- animals or food
  13. category fluency, # scored words produced, 2004
  14. category fluency, raw # words produced (scored and disqualified), 2004
  15. similarities, 6-item score, 2004
  16. immediate word recall, # words (out of 10) remembered, 2004
  17. 1st word said, immediate recall, 2004
  18. 2nd word said, immediate recall, 2004
  19. 3rd word said, immediate recall, 2004
  20. 4th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  21. 5th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  22. 6th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  23. 7th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  24. 8th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  25. 9th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  26. 10th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  27. 11th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  28. 12th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  29. 13th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  30. 14th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  31. 15th word said, immediate recall, 2004
  32. delayed word recall, # words (out of 10) remembered, 2004
  33. 1st word said, delayed recall, 2004
  34. 2nd word said, delayed recall, 2004
  35. 3rd word said, delayed recall, 2004
  36. 4th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  37. 5th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  38. 6th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  39. 7th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  40. 8th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  41. 9th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  42. 10th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  43. 11th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  44. 12th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  45. 13th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  46. 14th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  47. 15th word said, delayed recall, 2004
  48. digit ordering task score, 2004
  49. letter fluency version, 2011 -- F or L
  50. letter fluency, # scored words produced, 2011
  51. letter fluency, raw # words produced (scored and disqualified), 2011
  52. category fluency version, 2011 -- animals or food
  53. category fluency, # scored words produced, 2011
  54. category fluency, raw # words produced (scored and disqualified), 2011
  55. similarities, 6-item score, 2011
  56. digit ordering task score, 2011
  57. number series task score, 2011
  58. immediate word recall, # words (out of 10) remembered, 2011
  59. 1st word said, immediate recall, 2011
  60. 2nd word said, immediate recall, 2011
  61. 3rd word said, immediate recall, 2011
  62. 4th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  63. 5th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  64. 6th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  65. 7th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  66. 8th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  67. 9th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  68. 10th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  69. 11th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  70. 12th word said, immediate recall, 2011
  71. delayed word recall, # words (out of 10) remembered, 2011
  72. 1st word said, delayed recall, 2011
  73. 2nd word said, delayed recall, 2011
  74. 3rd word said, delayed recall, 2011
  75. 4th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  76. 5th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  77. 6th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  78. 7th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  79. 8th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  80. 9th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  81. 10th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  82. 11th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  83. 12th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  84. 13th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  85. 14th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  86. 15th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  87. 16th word said, delayed recall, 2011
  88. 17th word said, delayed recall, 2011