Serial position effects in mild cognitive impairment

Diane B. Howieson, Nora Mattek, Adriana M. Seeyle, Hiroko H. Dodge, Dara Wasserman, Tracy Zitzelberger, Kaye Jeffrey

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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is often associated with the preclinical phase of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Special scoring of word-list recall data for serial position has been suggested to improve discrimination of normal aging from dementia. We examined serial position effects in word-list recall for MCI participants compared to Alzheimer patients and controls. Individuals with MCI, like Alzheimer patients, had a diminished primacy effect in recalling words from a list. No alternative scoring system was better than standard scoring of word-list recall in distinguishing MCI patients from controls. Retention weighted scoring improved the discrimination of MCI and AD groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-299
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Memory
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Serial position effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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