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Emotional reactivity to film material in Alzheimer's disease

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-359
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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Aims: To explore emotional reactivity in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) using film material, investigating the influence of dementia-related material and awareness of condition. Methods: Twenty-two patients with AD and 21 healthy older adults viewed films with positive, neutral or negative content, including a film about dementia. Reactivity was measured through a self-report questionnaire and filming of facial expressions. Awareness of condition was assessed contrasting patients' versus informants' versions of an anosognosia questionnaire. Results: The AD patients showed reduced self-reported reactivity to negative films, but exhibited a pattern of facial responses similar to controls for all films. Awareness was associated with frequency of negative facial expressions during the dementia film. Conclusions: AD patients may have impairments in self-reported reactivity to negative stimuli. Awareness may mediate responses to dementia-related material. Copyright (C) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel

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