Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment

Alexandra Varjassyová, Daniel Hořínek, Ross Andel, Jana Amlerova, Jan Laczó, Kateřina Sheardová, Hana Magerová, Iva Holmerová, Martin Vyhnálek, Ondřej Bradáč, Yonas Endale Geda, Jakub Hort

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We examined whether recognition of facial emotional expression would be affected in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). A total of 50 elderly persons met the initial inclusion criteria; 10 were subsequently excluded (Geriatric Depression Score > 5). 22 subjects were classified with aMCI based on published criteria (single domain aMCI [SD-aMCI], n = 10; multiple domain aMCI [MD-aMCI], n = 12); 18 subjects were cognitively normal. All underwent standard neurological and neuropsychological evaluations as well as tests of facial emotion recognition (FER) and famous faces identification (FFI). Among normal controls, FFI was negatively correlated with Mini-Mental Status Examination scores and positively correlated with executive function. Among patients with aMCI, FER was correlated with attention/speed of processing. No other correlations were significant. In a multinomial logistic regression model adjusted for age, gender, and education, a poorer score on FER, but not on FFI, was associated with greater odds of being classified as MD-aMCI (odds ratio [OR], 3.82; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.05-13.91; p = 0.042). This association was not explained by memory or global cognitive score. There was no association between FER or FFI and SD-aMCI (OR, 1.13; 95% CI, 0.36-3.57; p = 0.836). Therefore, FER, but not FFI, may be impaired in MD-aMCI. This implies that in MD-aMCI, the tasks of FER and FFI may involve segregated neurocognitive networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-280
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Facial Expression
Emotions
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Executive Function
Recognition (Psychology)
Cognitive Dysfunction
Geriatrics
Identification (Psychology)
Depression
Education

Keywords

  • Assessment of cognitive disorders/dementia
  • cognitive aging
  • emotion
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • neuropsychiatric symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Varjassyová, A., Hořínek, D., Andel, R., Amlerova, J., Laczó, J., Sheardová, K., ... Hort, J. (2013). Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 33(1), 273-280. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-2012-120148

Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. / Varjassyová, Alexandra; Hořínek, Daniel; Andel, Ross; Amlerova, Jana; Laczó, Jan; Sheardová, Kateřina; Magerová, Hana; Holmerová, Iva; Vyhnálek, Martin; Bradáč, Ondřej; Geda, Yonas Endale; Hort, Jakub.

In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2013, p. 273-280.

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Varjassyová, A, Hořínek, D, Andel, R, Amlerova, J, Laczó, J, Sheardová, K, Magerová, H, Holmerová, I, Vyhnálek, M, Bradáč, O, Geda, YE & Hort, J 2013, 'Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 273-280. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-2012-120148
Varjassyová A, Hořínek D, Andel R, Amlerova J, Laczó J, Sheardová K et al. Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2013;33(1):273-280. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-2012-120148
Varjassyová, Alexandra ; Hořínek, Daniel ; Andel, Ross ; Amlerova, Jana ; Laczó, Jan ; Sheardová, Kateřina ; Magerová, Hana ; Holmerová, Iva ; Vyhnálek, Martin ; Bradáč, Ondřej ; Geda, Yonas Endale ; Hort, Jakub. / Recognition of facial emotional expression in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2013 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 273-280.
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