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Han, Kyung-Hun; Zaytseva, Yuliya; Bao, Yan; Pöppel, Emst; Chung, Sun Yong; Kim, Jong Woo; Kim, Hyun Taek (2014): Impairment of vocal expression of negative emotions in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Vol. 6, 101


Vocal expression of emotions (EE) in retrieval of events from autobiographical memory was investigated in patients in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Twenty-one AD patients and 19 controls were interviewed, and EE of the reported memories was rated by 8 independent evaluators. The AD group had lower EE of both recent and remote memory than controls, although EE in remote memories was better preserved in both groups. We observed positive correlations between EE and indicators of cognitive competence in AD patients. AD Patients are impaired in the ability to express emotions already at early stages of the disease, and EE seems to deteriorate along with the progression of cognitive impairment.