The Swinging Self: The Costs of Shifting Between Self-Images in Alzheimer’s Disease

American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease &Other Dementiasr, Volume 35, Issue , January-December 2020.
Background:We investigated the ability of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to shift between different self-images.Methods:We developed an original task (shifting-self task) in which we invited 28 patients with AD and 30 control participants to generate “who am I” statements that describe 2 alternative self-images (ie, physical-self vs psychological-self). In a control task, participants had to generate 2 blocks of “who am I” statements (ie, physical-self block and psychological-self block).Results:Analyses showed longer completion time in both the shifting-self and control task in patients with AD than in control participants. Completion time on the shifting-self task was longer than that on the control task in patients with AD, suggesting a shifting cost in AD.Conclusion:We propose that one feature of the diminished sense of self in AD is the difficulty of patients to shift between different alternating self-images.The Swinging Self: The Costs of Shifting Between Self-Images in Alzheimer’s DiseaseThe Swinging Self: The Costs of Shifting Between Self-Images in Alzheimer’s DiseaseAlzheimers{$excerpt:n}