Implicit Learning in Patients with Probable Alzheimer's Disease.
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The purpose of the present study was to determine whether patients with probable Alzheimers disease AD were capable of implicit procedural learning. AD patients and elderly control subjects were given a serial visual reaction time task with an embedded repeating sequence. The AD patients responded more slowly than the controls, but many nonetheless showed learning of the repeating sequence. Patients who failed to learn the sequence were similar in age overall severity of dementia to those who learned, but they scored lower on some tasks of nonverbal reasoning. Keywords Amnesia.