In the present study we report the progressive dissolution of numerical skills in EP, a former teacher of mathematics, suffering from an Alzheimer's- type dementia. The longitudinal examination revealed a pattern of decline different from previous reported cases. An initial impairment in arithmetical procedures was followed by an insidious decay in more basic numerical tasks with a selective preservation of arithmetical facts. The present investigation confirms the functional independence of facts and procedures within the calculation system. Moreover, these findings suggest that in the context of a general cognitive decline, specific numerical skills are more resistant to deterioration.

Girelli, L., Luzzatti, C., Annoni, G., & Vecchi, T. (1999). Progressive decline of numerical skills in dementia of Alzheimer's type. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 40(1), 132-136.

Progressive decline of numerical skills in dementia of Alzheimer's type

GIRELLI, LUISA;LUZZATTI, CLAUDIO GIUSEPPE;ANNONI, GIORGIO;
1999

Abstract

In the present study we report the progressive dissolution of numerical skills in EP, a former teacher of mathematics, suffering from an Alzheimer's- type dementia. The longitudinal examination revealed a pattern of decline different from previous reported cases. An initial impairment in arithmetical procedures was followed by an insidious decay in more basic numerical tasks with a selective preservation of arithmetical facts. The present investigation confirms the functional independence of facts and procedures within the calculation system. Moreover, these findings suggest that in the context of a general cognitive decline, specific numerical skills are more resistant to deterioration.
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acalculia; number processing; mental lexicon; degenerative dementia
English
Girelli, L., Luzzatti, C., Annoni, G., & Vecchi, T. (1999). Progressive decline of numerical skills in dementia of Alzheimer's type. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 40(1), 132-136.
Girelli, L; Luzzatti, C; Annoni, G; Vecchi, T
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