Journal article

An fMRI study of verbal episodic memory encoding in amnestic mild cognitive impairment

Thomas M Dannhauser, Sukhwinder S Shergill, Tim Stevens, Lean Lee, Marc Seal, Rodney WH Walker, Zuzana Walker

CORTEX | ELSEVIER MASSON | Published : 2008


Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) is a high-risk and often prodromal state for the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and is characterised by isolated episodic memory impairment. Functional neuroimaging studies in healthy subjects consistently report left prefrontal cortex (PFC) activation during verbal episodic memory encoding. The PFC activation at encoding is related to semantic processing which enhances memory. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether impaired verbal episodic memory in aMCI is related to PFC dysfunction. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) we compared 10 aMCI patients with 10 elderly controls during verbal encoding. The encoding task..

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