Université de Neuchâtel

Working memory and semantic involvement in sentence processing: A case of pure progressive amnesia

Fossard, Marion ; Rigalleau, François ; Puel, Michèle ; Nespoulous, Jean-Luc ; Viallard, Gérard ; Démonet, Jean-François ; Cardebat, Dominique

In: Neuropsychologia, 2006, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 335-338

ED, a 83-year-old woman, meets the criteria of pure progressive amnesia, with gradual impairment of episodic and autobiographical memory, sparing of semantic processing and strong working memory (WM) deficit. The dissociation between disturbed WM and spared semantic processing permitted testing the role of WM in processing anaphors like pronouns or repeated names. Results showed a globally normal...

Université de Neuchâtel

Theory of mind and cognitive processes in aging and Alzheimer type dementia: a systematic review

Démonet, Jean-François ; Fossard, Marion ; Sandoz, Mélanie

In: Aging & Mental Health, 2014, vol. 18, no. 7, p. 815-827

Objectives: Theory of mind (ToM) performance in aging and dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) has been a growing interest of researchers and recently, theoretical trends in ToM development have led to a focus on determining the cognitive skills involved in ToM performance. The aim of the present review is to answer three main questions: How is ToM assessed in aging and DAT? How does ToM...

Université de Fribourg

Second language performances in elderly bilinguals and individuals with dementia: The role of L2 immersion

Nanchen, Giliane ; Abutalebi, Jubin ; Assal, Frédéric ; Manchon, Mélanie ; Démonet, Jean-François ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: Journal of Neurolinguistics, 2017, vol. 43, p. 49–58

With the population aging and an increase in the number of senior immigrant citizens in modern societies, public health systems will be increasingly burdened with the need to deal with the care and treatment of bi- or multilingual individuals with cognitive decline and dementia. This raises complex questions such as which language is better preserved in these elderly individuals, particularly...