Judith R O'jile

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Impairment in semantic processing occurs early in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and differential impact on subtypes of semantic relations have been reported, yet there is little data on the neuroanatomic basis of these deficits. Patients with mild AD and healthy controls underwent 3 functional MRI auditory stimulation tasks requiring semantic or phonological(More)
Working memory is the cognitive ability to hold a discrete amount of information in mind in an accessible state for utilization in mental tasks. This cognitive ability is impaired in many clinical populations typically assessed by clinical neuropsychologists. Recently, there have been a number of theoretical shifts in the way that working memory is(More)
Psychological evaluation of the weight loss surgery patient is recommended because of the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities in persons with severe obesity and the behavioral adaptations required for successful surgical outcomes. Although there is currently no national standard for the specific components of these evaluations, there is general(More)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a well-recognized treatment for psychiatric illness, primarily depressive disorders. Its use in patients with neurological illnesses is steadily increasing. Older reviews indicate that ECT may also benefit Parkinson's disease and similar movement disorders independent of its effects on comorbid psychiatric disorders. In(More)
The California Verbal Learning Test-Children's Version (CVLT-C) provides clinicians with a method of assessing various aspects of children's verbal memory and has been found to be sensitive to memory deficits resulting from a variety of neurological conditions. Intuitively, the CVLT-C would be expected to be highly related to a child's verbal cognitive(More)
Few studies have examined physical activity in patients who are severely mentally ill. We assessed feasibility and validity of using standardized self-report and objective measures of physical activity in 20 community-dwelling veteran patients, most with psychotic disorders and substance abuse in remission. Test-retest reliability of a past week physical(More)
Research has shown that individuals who have sustained mild head injury demonstrate a slowed speed of processing that is exacerbated by fatigue/stress. We administered the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) at the beginning and at the end of a 4-h experimental protocol to determine whether fatigue or a stressor would result in poorer scores for(More)
The clinical utility of Trial 1 of the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) has recently become a topic of investigation. The current study cross-validated previous research suggesting that those participants who score 45 or greater on Trial 1 of the TOMM will continue to do so on Trial 2 and the Retention Trial and extended these findings to broader clinical(More)
Research has demonstrated a relation between sensation seeking and risky behavior as well as an association between risky behavior and the occurrence of head injury. This study assessed sensation seeking in young adults with and without a history of head injury by administration of the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS), the Driver Risk Index (DRI), and the(More)
Trichotillomania represents a syndrome of hair pulling in which patients compulsively and ritualistically pluck their hair in response to a sense of tension or urgency. This report documents a case of hair pulling associated with dementia. Neuropsychological testing demonstrated the deficits to be localized predominantly to the frontal lobe dysfunction.