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Semantic memory training in Alzheimer’s disease


Goudour, Amandine, Samson, Séverine, Bakchine, Serge, Ehrlé, Nathalie


Gériatrie Et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie Du Vieillissement, Volume: 9, No.: 2, Pages.: 237-247

Year of Publication



The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of semantic stimulation of Alzheimer’s patients on semantic memory comparatively to psychological support. We conducted semantic training with two target categories (musical instruments and human actions), because these concepts were massively failed in previous data collected in Alzheimer’s disease. Ten patients (57-78 year old, MMSE scores from 17 to 26) were divided in an experimental and a control group where patients received psychological support instead of semantic cognitive training. Semantic abilities were significantly improved in patients from the experimental group, but only after semantic stimulation involving examples from musical instrument category. However, further analysis failed to show an item-specific improvement, suggesting that our results could be explained by a general increase of semantic retrieval. Results could also be explained by some motivational effect caused by more attractive material. Implications for future research and clinical applications are discussed.;


aged, alzheimer disease, auditory perception, comprehension, female, humans, male, mental recall, mental status schedule, middle aged, neuropsychological tests, rehabilitation, semantic, semantics, stimulation, training, treatment outcome, verbal learning, visual perception

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention, Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy), Other