Wechsler Memory Scale-III Faces test performance in patients with mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer's disease

Adriana Seelye, Diane Howieson, Katherine Wild, Mindy Milar Moore, Jeffrey Kaye

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Little is known about the sensitivity of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Third Edition (WMS-III) Faces subtest to memory impairment associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In this study, Faces performance was examined in 24 MCI patients, 46 mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, and 98 elderly controls. We hypothesized that participants with diagnoses of MCI or AD would be impaired relative to controls on Faces. Analyses showed that AD participants performed significantly worse than MCI and intact participants, although there were no significant differences between MCI and intact participants. Data suggest that brain areas specialized for face recognition memory may be less affected by MCI and mild AD than regions specialized for verbal memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-688
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009



  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Face memory
  • Face recognition
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Wechsler Memory Scale-Third Edition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Psychology

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