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Implicit learning of affective responses in dementia patients: a face-emotion-association paradigm


Blessing, A; Zöllig, Jacqueline; Dammann, G; Martin, Mike (2010). Implicit learning of affective responses in dementia patients: a face-emotion-association paradigm. Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition, 17(6):633-647.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate an ecologically valid approach to assess implicit learning of affective responses in dementia patients. We designed a Face-Emotion-Association paradigm (FEA) that allows to quantify the influence of stimuli with positive and negative valence on affective responses. Two pictures of neutral male faces are rated on the dimensions of valence and arousal before and after aversive versus pleasant fictitious biographical information is paired with each of the pictures. At the second measurement time point, memory for pictures and biographical content is tested. The FEA was tested in 21 patients with dementia and 13 healthy controls. Despite severely impaired explicit memory, patients changed valence and arousal ratings according to the biographical content and did not differ in their ratings from the control group. The results demonstrate that our FEA paradigm is a valid instrument to investigate learning of affective responses in dementia patients.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate an ecologically valid approach to assess implicit learning of affective responses in dementia patients. We designed a Face-Emotion-Association paradigm (FEA) that allows to quantify the influence of stimuli with positive and negative valence on affective responses. Two pictures of neutral male faces are rated on the dimensions of valence and arousal before and after aversive versus pleasant fictitious biographical information is paired with each of the pictures. At the second measurement time point, memory for pictures and biographical content is tested. The FEA was tested in 21 patients with dementia and 13 healthy controls. Despite severely impaired explicit memory, patients changed valence and arousal ratings according to the biographical content and did not differ in their ratings from the control group. The results demonstrate that our FEA paradigm is a valid instrument to investigate learning of affective responses in dementia patients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2010
Deposited On:15 Nov 2010 08:27
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 04:25
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN:1382-5585
Additional Information:The original publication is available at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a922947829~frm=titlelink
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2010.483065
PubMed ID:20544414

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