Short- and Long-Term Implicit Memory in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

Authors: Mitchell, David1; Schmitt, Frederick2

Source: Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition (Neuropsychology, Development and Cogniti, 1 December 2006, vol. 13, no. 3-1, pp. 611-635(25)


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Implicit memory processes were investigated via picture naming in healthy young and older adults and in persons with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD). Repetition priming in picture-naming was intact in all groups over the course of a short retention interval (seconds), and only the AD group revealed a deficit over a longer interval (72 hours). In addition, the AD group showed impaired procedural memory, with no benefit of practice on picture-naming. Impaired long-term priming was related to severity of AD. Both theoretical and methodological implications are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: WellStar College of Health and Human Services, Kennesaw State University 2: University of Kentucky Medical Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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