Proverb and idiom comprehension in Alzheimer disease.

D. Kempler, D. Van Lancker, S. Read

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Twenty-nine patients diagnosed with Probable Alzheimer Disease were administered tests of word, familiar phrases (idioms and proverbs), and novel phrase comprehension. From the early stage of the disease, patients performed worse at understanding familiar phrases than single words or novel phrases. The results uphold common observations that AD patients have difficulty interpreting abstract meanings. Cognitive variables responsible for poor idiom/proverb comprehension and the clinical implications of this new protocol are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-49
Number of pages12
JournalAlzheimer disease and associated disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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