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Memory Perception And Strategy Use In Parkinson's Disease, Andrew Johnson, Carrie Pollard, Philip Vernon, Jennifer Tomes, Mandar Jog Feb 2005

Memory Perception And Strategy Use In Parkinson's Disease, Andrew Johnson, Carrie Pollard, Philip Vernon, Jennifer Tomes, Mandar Jog

Andrew M. Johnson

Although there is growing support for the existence of memory deficits within Parkinson's disease (PD), little has been done to evaluate the extent to which PD patients demonstrate differences in their use of metacognitive strategies. In the present study, 79 PD patients (46 men and 33 women) and 49 age-matched healthy participants (19 men and 30 women) were compared on a metamemory questionnaire. PD patients reported significantly less strategy-use than age-matched controls, particularly with regards to external memory strategies (such as making lists). This suggests that auxiliary treatments such as memory strategy training might be effective in this population.