Patterns of autobiographical memory loss in dementia

@article{Hou2005PatternsOA,
  title={Patterns of autobiographical memory loss in dementia},
  author={Craig E. Hou and Bruce L Miller and Joel H. Kramer},
  journal={International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={20}
}
Several studies have found impaired recall of remote autobiographical memories relative to recent memories in semantic dementia (SD), a pattern opposite to that in Alzheimer's disease (AD). 

Autobiographical memory deficits in Alzheimer's disease.

Episodic autobiographical memories, especially the richness of details, were impaired early in the course of Alzheimer's disease or even in the preclinical phase, while semantic memories were spared until moderate stages, indicating a dissociation between both memory systems.

Autobiographical Memory Performance in Alzheimer's Disease Depends on Retrieval Frequency.

It is suggested that more frequently retrieved autobiographical memories generally become more independent of the hippocampal complex and might thus be better protected against early hippocampal damage related to AD.

Autobiographical memory in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease: A comparison between the Levine and Kopelman interview methodologies

Differences between the two interview methods were found to have a significant impact on the pattern of findings; fewer epochs in the AMI brought out the temporal gradient, and fewer memories per epoch in the AI diminished it.

Autobiographical memory in semantic dementia: A longitudinal fMRI study

Profiles of recent autobiographical memory retrieval in semantic dementia, behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease

As the largest study of ABM in FTD to date, these findings emphasise the differential impairment of recent ABM contextual details contingent on the underlying disease pathology and point towards the importance of investigating the constituent elements of emotion processing and strategic retrieval processes as potential variables mediating recent episodic ABM retrieval.
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