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Psicologia Hospitalar

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VALE, Tacianny Lorena Freitas do et al. Growing old and episodic memory: performance of 15 old people in the BVMT-R and HVLT-R. Psicol. hosp. (São Paulo) [online]. 2008, vol.6, n.2, pp. 74-87. ISSN 2175-3547.

Introduction: At present many researches are being developed about aging and the decline of long term memory. Such changes are more frequent when they are compared to other areas of cognition. Objective: To describe the performance of 15 old ladies without comorbidities in neuropsychological tests which evaluate long term memory (episodic, with immediate recall) for a verbal and visual-spatial material. Method: A neuropsychological evaluation was carried out among 15 old ladies from a healthy community in São Paulo. They were 65 or older, with no previous history of psychotic disturbance, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative condition, institutionalization or neurologic treatment for cognitive alterations. The HVLT-R e BVMT-R tests were used to evaluate long term memory. Results: It was noted that the decline of memory gets more severe along the years, mainly with long term explicit memory. Conclusion: The deterioration of memory becomes more relevant when a visual-spatial content is involved when compared to verbal contents

Keywords : Aging; Long term memory; Neuropsychological evaluation.

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