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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hawley, Karri Sikes
Author's Email Address khawle1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0326102-171815
Title Spaced-Retrieval Effects on Name-Face Recognition in Older Adults with Probable Alzheimer's Disease
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Katie E. Cherry Committee Chair
Donald P. Marzolf Committee Member
Jason Hicks Committee Member
  • alzheimer's interventions
Date of Defense 2001-11-30
Availability unrestricted
Six older adults with probable Alzheimerís disease (AD) were trained to recall a name-face association using the spaced-retrieval method. We administered six training sessions over a two-week period. On each trial, participants selected a target photograph and stated the target name, from eight other photographs, at increasingly longer retention intervals. Results yielded a positive effect of spaced-retrieval training for name-face recognition. All participants were able to select the target photograph and state the targetís name for longer periods of time within and across training sessions. A live person transfer task was administered to determine whether the name-face association, trained by spaced-retrieval, would transfer to a live person. The live person target was the same target that was used in the spaced-retrieval training sessions. Half of the subjects were able to call the live person by the correct name. These data provide initial evidence that spaced-retrieval training can aid older adults with probable AD in recall of a name-face association and transfer that association to an actual person.
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