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See detailSleep contributes to the strengthening of some memories over others, depending on hippocampal activity at learning.
Rauchs, Géraldine; Feyers, Dorothée ULg; Landeau, Brigitte et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2011), 31(7), 2563-2568

Memory consolidation benefits from sleep. Besides strengthening some memory traces, another crucial, albeit overlooked, function of memory is also to erase irrelevant information. Directed forgetting is ... [more ▼]

Memory consolidation benefits from sleep. Besides strengthening some memory traces, another crucial, albeit overlooked, function of memory is also to erase irrelevant information. Directed forgetting is an experimental approach consisting in presenting “to be remembered” and “to be forgotten” information, that allows selectively decreasing or increasing the strength of individual memory traces according to the instruction provided at learning. This paradigm was used in combination with fMRI to determine, in Humans, what specifically triggers at encoding sleep-dependent compared to time-dependent consolidation. Our data indicate that relevant items which subjects strived to memorize are consolidated during sleep to a greater extend than items that participants did not intend to learn. This process appears to depend on a differential activation of the hippocampus at encoding, which acts as a signal for the offline reprocessing of relevant memories during post-learning sleep episodes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe cerebral metabolic correlates of episodic autobiographical memory in amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
Bastin, Christine ULg; Feyers, Dorothée ULg; Jedidi, Haroun ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Memory (2011)

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See detailThe neural correlates of cognitive reserve in aging
Bastin, Christine ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

Scientific conference (2011)

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See detailAssociative memory in Alzheimer’s disease
Bastin, Christine ULg

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See detailNeural correlates of controlled memory processes in questionable Alzheimer’s disease
Bastin, Christine ULg; Kerrouche, Nacer; LEKEU, Françoise ULg et al

in Ashford, J. Wesson; Rosen, Allyson; Adamson, Maheen (Eds.) et al Advances in Alzheimer's Disease. Volume 2: Handbook of imaging the Alzheimer brain (2011)

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive loss of controlled cognitive processes (processes requiring mental effort and attentional resources), and functional neuroimaging at early stages ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive loss of controlled cognitive processes (processes requiring mental effort and attentional resources), and functional neuroimaging at early stages of AD provides an opportunity to tease out the neural correlates of controlled processes. Controlled and automatic memory performance was assessed with the Process Dissociation Procedure in 50 patients diagnosed with questionable Alzheimer’s disease (QAD). The patients’ brain glucose metabolism was measured using FDG-PET. After a follow-up period of 36 months, 27 patients had converted to AD, while 23 remained stable. Both groups showed a similar decrease in controlled memory processes but preserved automatic processes at entry into the study, suggesting that impairment of controlled memory would not be specific for AD. Patients who subsequently converted to Alzheimer type dementia showed significantly decreased brain metabolism at baseline compared to stable QAD in associative cortices known to be involved in AD (the left precuneus, the right inferior parietal lobule and bilateral middle temporal cortex).Voxel-based cognitive and metabolic correlations showed that a decrease in controlled memory processes was preferentially correlated with lower activity in the dorsomedial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortices in very early AD patients. The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex would play a role in controlled memory processes as they relate to reflective and monitoring processes, while the posterior cingulate cortex is involved in the controlled access to previously encoded episodes. In stable QAD patients, reduced controlled performance in verbal memory correlated with impaired activity in the left anterior hippocampal structure, which would alter the reactivation of associations created at encoding. [less ▲]

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See detailRecollection and familiarity processes in probable Alzheimer's disease: an fMRI study
Genon, Sarah ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Memory (2011)

Cerebral activity associated with recollection and familiarity in 28 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and 17 healthy controls was directly measured in an event-related fMRI experiment during ... [more ▼]

Cerebral activity associated with recollection and familiarity in 28 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and 17 healthy controls was directly measured in an event-related fMRI experiment during performance of a recognition memory task with the process dissociation procedure. Brain regions associated to recollection were evidenced by contrasting activations for inclusion and exclusion conditions whereas brain regions related to familiarity were explored with the mean effect of the two conditions (at P < .05 corrected). Twelve patients had null recollection estimates (AD-), whereas 16 patients did experience some recollection although significantly less than controls (AD+). In AD+ and controls, recollection activated the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC). In contrast, familiarity estimates were equivalent in the 3 groups and were associated with brain activations around the intraparietal sulcus (IPS). Thus, in AD, impaired recollection is related to damage of the PCC whereas preserved familiarity is supported by the IPS. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled Memory Processes in Questionable Alzheimer's Disease: A View from Neuroimaging Research
Bastin, Christine ULg; Kerrouche N; Lekeu, Françoise ULg et al

in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease [=JAD] (2010), 20(2), 547-560

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive loss of controlled cognitive processes, and neuroimaging studies at early stages of AD provide an opportunity to tease out the neural correlates ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive loss of controlled cognitive processes, and neuroimaging studies at early stages of AD provide an opportunity to tease out the neural correlates of controlled processes. Accordingly, controlled and automatic memory performance was assessed with the Process Dissociation Procedure in 50 patients diagnosed with questionable Alzheimer's disease (QAD). The patients' brain glucose metabolism was measured using FDG-PET. After a follow-up period of 36 months, 27 patients had converted to AD, while 23 remained stable. Both groups showed a similar decrease in controlled memory processes but preserved automatic processes at entry into the study. Voxel-based cognitive and metabolic correlations showed that a decrease in controlled memory processes was preferentially correlated with lower activity in the dorsomedial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortices in very early AD patients. In stable QAD patients, reduced controlled performance in verbal memory correlated with impaired activity in the left anterior hippocampal structure. The results demonstrated the central role of a medial frontal-posterior cingulate network for controlled processing of episodic memory in the early stages of AD. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Anosognosia in Alzheimer disease also observed for behavioural and personality changes?
Feyers, Dorothée ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 28)

Anosognosia is a frequent manifestation in Alzheimer disease (AD) but its extent is not yet clearly established. While anosognosia for memory deficit has been widely reported, no study has simultaneously ... [more ▼]

Anosognosia is a frequent manifestation in Alzheimer disease (AD) but its extent is not yet clearly established. While anosognosia for memory deficit has been widely reported, no study has simultaneously explored anosognosia for personality and behaviour changes. We have tackled this question with 20 AD patients and 20 matched elderly subjects (ES). Participants (AD and ES) assessed their personality and their reactions in social situation both in current (S1) and past (S1_bef) time period. Assessment of these characteristics was also performed by relatives of the participants (R2 and R2_bef). Mann-Whitney test (p<0.05) were performed between discrepancy scores (calculated by comparing answers of subjects and relatives) obtained for AD and ES. A specific measure of anosognosia was also calculated by comparing S1 and R2. Statistical analyses demonstrated (1) that relatives of AD patients report more personality and behavioural changes across time (S1-S1_bef) than relatives of ES (R2–R2_bef); (2) that self-reported changes were not significantly different between AD patients and ES; (3) that anosognosia (S1-R2) was observed in AD patients for personality changes only. Results obtained support the hypothesis that anosognosia does not affect all domain in AD. Indeed, even if AD patients are no more able to assess their current personality, they perceive adequately their current reactions in social situations. [less ▲]

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See detailConsciousness of memory functioning in Alzheimer’s disease
Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; Feyers, Dorothée ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 28)

Metamemory is a multi-faceted concept which deals with the individual’s knowledge and control of memory functioning. Previous studies that have examined the ability of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients to ... [more ▼]

Metamemory is a multi-faceted concept which deals with the individual’s knowledge and control of memory functioning. Previous studies that have examined the ability of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients to monitor efficiently their memory processes provided contradictory results. These discrepancies between studies could be the result of two factors: the kind of memory task used (episodic, semantic) and the kind of memory process on which memory monitoring is assessed (encoding, maintenance, retrieval). In the present study, different aspects of memory monitoring in 21 AD patients and 21 healthy elderly participants were explored with two tasks : a semantic memory task assessing the feeling-of-knowing (FOK) accuracy for general knowledge and an episodic memory task assessing judgment-of-learning (JOL) and FOK accuracy for information associated to a specific spatiotemporal encoding context By comparison to healthy participants, AD patients exhibit impaired performance on episodic FOK accuracy but not on semantic FOK accuracy. Moreover, no difference was observed between the two groups on the JOL post-encoding accuracy. These results confirm that not all aspects of memory monitoring are impaired in AD. Indeed, although there exists an impairment of episodic FOK performance, semantic FOK and JOL post-encoding appear preserved. The dissociation between the two FOK performance could be due to recruitment of more automatic processes for metacognitive judgment on general knowledge (semantic FOK) than for metacognitive judgment based on specific recent experience (episodic FOK). Similarly, a global prediction during maintenance (JOL) could be based on more automatic processes than an item-by-item judgment during retrieval. [less ▲]

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See detailNeural substrates of recollection and familiarity in Alzheimer’s disease
Genon, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 16th annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (2010)

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