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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2012, Article ID 313906, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/313906
Case Report

Emotional Memory in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Report of Two Cases

Department of Psychiatry, Nara Hospital, Kinki University School of Medicine, 1248-1 Otodacho, Ikoma City 630-0293, Japan

Received 27 April 2012; Accepted 8 July 2012

Academic Editors: D. De Leo and L. Dell'Osso

Copyright © 2012 Akira Okada and Junko Matsuo. 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.

Abstract

Highly emotional events in daily life can be preserved in memory and such memory is generally referred to as emotional memory. Some reports have demonstrated that emotional memory is also found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, to our knowledge, there have been no reports about how long memory retention for emotional events can continue in patients with AD. In this paper, we present two patients with AD who lost an immediate family member during followup and retained the memory over a long period despite progression of the AD.