Journal article

Recall and recognition measures of paired associate learning in healthy aging

GJ Lowndes, MM Saling, D Ames, E Chiu, LM Gonzalez, G Savage

AGING NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Associate-recognition has received little attention as a potential clinical tool for detecting early Alzheimer's disease (AD). As an important preliminary stage to investigating the paradigm's diagnostic utility, we designed and administered a verbal associate-recognition task to healthy elderly participants (n = 62) and compared their performance to that on traditional cued-recall PAL. In both test conditions, the stimulus list comprised of a mixture of highly imageable and less imageable word pairs. Overall, performance on the associate-recognition task was superior to that on the cued-recall analogue. This 'recognition advantage' was not attributable to the higher baseline or chance guess..

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