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HAMDAN, Amer Cavalheiro  and  BUENO, Orlando Francisco Amodeo. Relationships between executive control and verbal episodic memory in the mild cognitive impairment and the Alzheimer-type dementia. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.1, pp.63-71. ISSN 1678-4669.

This study compared and related the performance of older people with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer-type dementia in tests of executive control and of verbal episodic memory. In the evaluation of the verbal episodic memory we used the Task of Immediate Word Recall and the Task of Delayed Word Recall. In the evaluation of executive control we used the following tests: Random Number Generation, Trail Making Test, Semantic and Phonological Verbal Fluency, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, Reading Span Test, and Brow-Peterson Test. Thirteen elders of the control group were compared by age and education with nine elders with Mild Cognitive Impairment and eight elders with Alzheimer-type dementia. Differences and significant statistical associations were found in relation to the tests of executive control with the groups investigated. Despite the presence of significant associations between the verbal episodic memory and the executive control, deficits of the executive control were not evidenced in groups with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Keywords : neuropsychology; alzheimer; executive control; episodic memory.

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