Neuropsychology Assessment of Dementia: Early Detection
PSYCHOLOGISTS FIND MORE SENSITIVE TESTS FOR PREDICTING ALZHEIMER'S AS WELL AS SUBTLE CHANGES IN COGNITION[ ... Read the full press release ... ]
Implicit-memory tests are stronger predictors than the common Mini Mental [Status] exam[ination; i.e., MMSE]; Alzheimer's may hurt attention well before obvious memory loss
Washington — Two recent studies may help clinicians and researchers better predict and understand dementia of the Alzheimer's type early in its history. Both studies appear in the September issue of Neuropsychology, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Psychologists focus on early detection in part because current medications are useful only when given very early in the course of the disease.
The papers are:
Pauline E.J. Spaan, PhD, Jeroen G.W. Raaijmakers, PhD, & Cees Jonker, PhD, MD. Early assessment of dementia: The contribution of different memory components. Neuropsychology, 2005, Vol. 19, No. 5.
Janet M. Duchek, PhD, & David A. Balota, PhD. Failure to control prepotent pathways in early stage Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type: Evidence from dichotic listening. Neuropsychology, 2005, Vol. 19, No. 5.
The press release provides links to access the full-text contents of both scientific papers in .pdf form.
Anthony H. Risser
neuroscience | neuropsychology | brain | alzheimer disease