ERIC Number: EJ784453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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"I Know What I Like": Stability of Aesthetic Preference in Alzheimer's Patients
Halpern, Andrea R.; Ly, Jenny; Elkin-Frankston, Seth; O'Connor, Margaret G.
Brain and Cognition, v66 n1 p65-72 Feb 2008
Two studies explored the stability of art preference in patients with Alzheimer's disease and age-matched control participants. Preferences for three different styles of paintings, displayed on art postcards, were examined over two sessions. Preference for specific paintings differed among individuals but AD and non-AD groups maintained about the same stability in terms of preference judgments across two weeks, even though the AD patients did not have explicit memory for the paintings. We conclude that aesthetic responses can be preserved in the face of cognitive decline. This should encourage caregivers and family to engage in arts appreciation activities with patients, and reinforces the validity of a preference response as a dependent measure in testing paradigms.
Descriptors: Alzheimers Disease, Neurological Impairments, Patients, Art Products, Aesthetics, Interests, Art Appreciation, Painting (Visual Arts)
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