The purpose of the current study was to examine the efficacy of a novel memory enhancement procedure for individuals with dementia named "memory priming." Three elderly individuals with a diagnosis of dementia participated in the study. Baseline procedures involved identifying low-probability items that served as targets for the intervention and moderate-probability questions that served as control items. A variation of a reversal design was implemented to compare three different conditions: the memory priming intervention and two control conditions that involved reading aloud and a watching a video. The results of the study indicated that individuals with moderate-to-severe memory impairment do have the ability to increase their recall of personally-relevant information, and that an activity requiring cognitive effort (i.e.,reading aloud and engaging in a preferred conversation) may produce the most benefit compared to a more passive and less cognitively stimulating activity (i.e., watching a video).
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Deselms, J. L. (2012). Memory priming in elderly individuals diagnosed with dementia. [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/24/
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