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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 10, Issue 4, Pages 137-142

Memory Training for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease Improves Name Recall

J. P. Kesslak,1,3 K. Nackoul,2 and C. A. Sandman2,3

1Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-4540, USA
2Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-4540, USA
3Institute for Brain Aging, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-4540, USA

Received 18 June 1997; Accepted 3 July 1997

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Alzheimer’s disease is clinically characterized by a variety of progressive cognitive deficits, most notably an impaired ability to acquire new information, such as name recall. Eleven demented patients and 11 controls participated in a 4 week memory program that included training in name–face recall. Individuals were taught strategies for name–face rehearsal, and administered task specific and standardized tests to assess the intervention efficacy. During the memory training patients improved recall of names and faces (p