Cognitive disinhibition and socioemotional functioning in Alzheimer’s disease

Nash, Scott, Henry, Julie D., McDonald, Skye, Martin, Ingerith, Brodaty, Henry and Peek-O'Leary, Marie-Andree (2007) Cognitive disinhibition and socioemotional functioning in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 6: 1060-1064. doi:10.1017/S1355617707071184

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Author Nash, Scott
Henry, Julie D.
McDonald, Skye
Martin, Ingerith
Brodaty, Henry
Peek-O'Leary, Marie-Andree
Title Cognitive disinhibition and socioemotional functioning in Alzheimer’s disease
Journal name Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1355-6177
Publication date 2007-11-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1355617707071184
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 1060
End page 1064
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York USA
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) experience difficulties with socioemotional functioning, and it has been proposed that cognitive disinhibition may be one potential mechanism that contributes to difficulties in this area. To test this possibility, twenty individuals with AD and 20 demographically matched controls were administered self-report measures of depression, emotion regulation and empathy, in addition to a behavioral measure that has proven to be very sensitive to inhibitory failures (the Hayling Sentence Completion Test). Relative to controls AD participants exhibited increased inhibitory failures on the Hayling, and self-reported significantly reduced cognitive empathy, but did not differ with respect to affective empathy, depression or perceived capacity for emotion regulation. Controlling for general cognitive status, in the AD (but not the control) group, reduced cognitive inhibition was associated with lower levels of depression. The theoretical and practical implications of these results
are discussed.
Keyword Dementia
Inhibitory control
Emotion regulation
Cognitive empathy
Affective empathy
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Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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