A Comparison of Emotional Decoding Abilities in Patients with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, Very Mild and Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

Author(s): Aleksandra Klimkowicz-Mrowiec, Lukasz Krzywoszanski, Karolina Spisak, Bryan E. Donohue, Andrzej Szczudlik, Agnieszka Slowik

Journal Name: Current Alzheimer Research

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2014

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Deficits in emotional decoding abilities were described in patients with Alzheimer's dementia and amnestic type of mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). However the pattern of decline and its dependency on the type of emotional stimuli has not been investigated so far. In our study, 5 sets of cartoon-like drawings portraying various human emotions of increasing complexity were presented to patients with very mild and mild Alzheimer's dementia, a-MCI and control subjects. Patients with Alzheimer's dementia, a-MCI and control subjects decoded emotions with similar accuracy. The pattern of decoding abilities was similar in Alzheimer's dementia, a-MCI patients and healthy control subjects. Decoding abilities depended on a manner the emotional stimuli were presented.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, emotions decoding ability, emotions communicating channels, facial emotional stimuli, mild cognitive impairment.

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Year: 2014
Page: [200 - 205]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1567205010666131212120020
Price: $65

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