Cognitive estimation in patients with Alzheimer's disease

Felicia C. Goldstein, Joanne Green, Robyn M. Presley, Judith Rosemary O'Jile, Alan Freeman, Ray Watts, Robert C. Green

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Abstract

Cognitive estimation was evaluated in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). In Experiment I, 25 AD patients and 16 normal controls generated estimates of real-world events. AD patients provided more extreme judgments than controls. Experiment II explored whether impaired word-finding contributed to the AD deficit by having subjects choose the 'best' answer to estimation questions. New samples of 14 AD patients and 12 normal controls were compared. AD patients selected the target responses less often than controls. These findings indicate that cognitive estimation is impaired in Alzheimer's disease. The potential contribution of semantic memory to cognitive estimation is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalNeuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive estimation
  • Semantic memory

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Goldstein, F. C., Green, J., Presley, R. M., O'Jile, J. R., Freeman, A., Watts, R., & Green, R. C. (1996). Cognitive estimation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology, 9(1), 35-42.