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Impaired verb fluency: A sign of mild cognitive impairment.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2005 (English)In: Brain and Language, ISSN 0093-934X, Vol. 95, no 2, 273-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We assessed verb fluency vs. noun and letter-based fluency in 199 subjects referred for cognitive complaints including Subjective Cognitive Impairment, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer's disease. ANCOVAs and factor analyses identified verb, noun, and letter-based fluency as distinct tasks. Verb fluency performance in Mild Cognitive Impairment differed significantly from Subjective Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Reduced verb fluency thus appears to be a linguistic marker for incipient dementia. One possibility is that the verb fluency deficit in Mild Cognitive Impairment results from degenerative processes known to occur in the parahippocampal region.

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2005. Vol. 95, no 2, 273-279 p.
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word fluency, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, mild cognitive impairment, factor analysis, verbs, parahippocampal region
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13555DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2005.01.010OAI: diva2:180075
Available from: 2008-04-10 Created: 2008-04-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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