Journal of Neuropsychology

Skip to Search

Skip to Navigation

Volume 8 Issue 2 (September 2014), Pages 157-294

An unusual presentation of probable dementia: Rhyming, associations, and verbal disinhibition (pages 289-294)

We report a case of probable Alzheimer's disease who presented with the unusual feature of disinhibited rhyming. Core language skills were largely intact but generative language was characterized by semantic‐based associations, evident in tangential and associative content, and phonology‐based associations, evident in rhyming, in the context of prominent executive dysfunction. We suggest this pattern is underpinned by a failure to terminate or inhibit verbal associations resulting in a ‘loosening’ of associations at the level of conceptual preparation for spoken language.

Add This link

Bookmark and Share>