Journal article

Memory Profiling With Paired Associate Learning in Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Healthy Aging

KE Pike, CC Rowe, SA Moss, G Savage

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is associated with increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), but up to 40% of cases do not develop AD. Examining a case's specific memory profile may help distinguish which MCI cases will progress to AD: An encoding profile is suggestive of incipient AD, whereas a retrieval profile suggests an alternative etiology. Paired associate learning (PAL) tasks are sensitive for preclinical and early detection of AD, but existing tasks do not enable memory profiling. We developed a novel PAL task enabling the differentiation of memory profiles in 19 people with AD, 17 people with amnestic MCI, and 33 normal elderly controls. Unexpectedly, the AD group demo..

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