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This study investigated face processing abilities in patients with late-onset Parkinson's disease. In the first experiment, the Parkinson's disease patients were impaired on a recognition memory test for unfamiliar faces but showed no deficit relative to controls in recognition memory for words. The Parkinson's disease patients were also impaired at(More)
It has previously been reported that unfamiliar face recognition memory is impaired in Parkinson's disease (PD) [(Dewick, H. C., Hanley, J. R., Davies, A. D. M., Playfer, J. R. & Turnbull, C. J., Perception and memory for faces in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia, 1991, 29, 785-802), (Haeske-Dewick, H. C., Are perception and memory for faces influenced(More)
BACKGROUND Depression and anxiety are common in Parkinson's disease (PD) and although clinically important remain poorly understood and managed. To date, research has tended to treat depression and anxiety as distinct phenomena. There is growing evidence for heterogeneity in PD in the motor and cognitive domains, with implications for pathophysiology and(More)
This article links two formerly separate areas of research associated with Parkinson's disease (PD): speech and memory. It is proposed that speech deficits occur in PD not merely at the level of muscular control, as is commonly termed dysarthria, but also at the level of speech planning and programming, more aptly described as a form of apraxia. It is(More)
The sleep-wake cycle in Parkinson's Disease (PD) is profoundly disrupted, but less is known about circadian rhythm in PD and its relationship to other important clinical features. This study compared rest-activity rhythms in healthy older adults and PD patients with and without hallucinations. Twenty-nine older adults and 50 PD patients (27 with(More)
Gait disturbance is common in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study was to analyse the clinical gait syndromes of patients with AD using Nutt's classification. Fifty-five patients who satisfied the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria for probable AD and 55 controls were recruited from a geriatric and a psychogeriatric unit. Patients with classical(More)
This study compares the performance of Parkinson's disease patients with age-matched controls on semantic and letter-initial verbal fluency tests. An analysis of variance revealed that Parkinsonian patients showed impaired word production. However when the covariates of age, present verbal ability (Mill Hill Synonyms) and severity of depression (Geriatric(More)
The potential of computer games peripherals to measure the motor dysfunction in Parkinson's diseases is assessed. Of particular interest is the quantification of bradykinesia. Previous studies used modified or custom haptic interfaces, here an unmodified force feedback joystick and steering wheel are used with a laptop. During testing an on screen cursor(More)