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ERIC Number: EJ869766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Musical and Verbal Memory in Alzheimer's Disease: A Study of Long-Term and Short-Term Memory
Menard, Marie-Claude; Belleville, Sylvie
Brain and Cognition, v71 n1 p38-45 Oct 2009
Musical memory was tested in Alzheimer patients and in healthy older adults using long-term and short-term memory tasks. Long-term memory (LTM) was tested with a recognition procedure using unfamiliar melodies. Short-term memory (STM) was evaluated with same/different judgment tasks on short series of notes. Musical memory was compared to verbal memory using a task that used pseudowords (LTM) or syllables (STM). Results indicated impaired musical memory in AD patients relative to healthy controls. The deficit was found for both long-term and short-term memory. Furthermore, it was of the same magnitude for both musical and verbal domains whether tested with short-term or long-term memory tasks. No correlation was found between musical and verbal LTM. However, there was a significant correlation between verbal and musical STM in AD participants and healthy older adults, which suggests that the two domains may share common mechanisms. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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