Buschke selective reminding test An instrument which assesses short- and long-term storage and retrieval of spoken words. Ten unrelated words are read to participants at a rate of one every 2 seconds. Immediately after, the participant is asked to recall the entire list. This procedure is followed for six trials, from which measures of long- and short-term memory and of total recall are obtained. Higher scores on short-term memory test indicate poorer performance.