Memory for choices in Alzheimer's disease

Andrew E. Budson, Mara Mather, Hyemi Chong

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Abstract

Despite their cognitive impairment, patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) often make important life choices. When making choices, people frequently attempt to directly compare the features of different options, rather than evaluating each option separately. Not every feature has an analogous (or alignable) feature in the other option, however. In 2005, Mather's group found that both younger and older adults filled in such gaps when remembering, creating features in the other option to contrast with existing features. In the present study, such effects of alignability on recognition memory were not found in patients with mild AD. This finding suggests that patients with mild AD are less likely to engage in feature-by-feature comparison processes across choice options, a change that may lead them to make qualitatively different choices than healthy older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-158
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Episodic memory
  • False memory
  • Memory for choices
  • Source memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Memory for choices in Alzheimer's disease. / Budson, Andrew E.; Mather, Mara; Chong, Hyemi.

In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.08.2006, p. 150-158.

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Budson, Andrew E. ; Mather, Mara ; Chong, Hyemi. / Memory for choices in Alzheimer's disease. In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 2006 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 150-158.
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