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The recency ratio as an index of cognitive performance and decline in elderly individuals

Bruno, D, Reichert, C and Pomara, N (2016) The recency ratio as an index of cognitive performance and decline in elderly individuals. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 38 (9). pp. 967-973. ISSN 1744-411X

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Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have been found to present a typical serial position curve in immediate recall tests, showing poor primacy performance and exaggerated recency recall. However, the recency advantage is usually lost after a delay. On this basis, we examined whether the recency ratio (Rr), calculated by dividing recency performance in an immediate memory task by recency performance in a delayed task, was a useful risk marker of cognitive decline. We tested whether change in MMSE performance between baseline and follow up was predicted by baseline Rr, and found this to be the case (N = 245). From these analyses, we conclude that participants with high Rr scores, who show disproportionate recency recall in the immediate test compared to the delayed test, present signs of being at risk for cognitive decline or dysfunction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology on 17/05/16 available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2016.1179721
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 13:48
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:01
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13803395.2016.1179721
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3437
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