Impact d'une stimulation exécutive sur le déficit observé en théorie de l'esprit chez les personnes atteintes de la maladie d'Alzheimer : étude de trois cas

Abstract : The theory of mind is more and more studied in neurological pathologies, and an impairment has been observed at different levels in Alzheimer's disease. Recently, many authors have tried to establish a link between the theory of mind and executive functions. Indeed an executive disorder could be the cause of these difficulties in theory of mind. The purpose of our research is to study this link: three patients with Alzheimer's disease have been a part of an executive stimulation program focused on inhibition, switching, attention and working memory, in order to test the impact on different levels and dimensions of the theory of mind. The sessions were held twice a week for 5 months, 30 sessions in total. The results of our study, although to be put into perspective because of our small cohort study, are encouraging and show an improvement in all performances in theory of mind, whether it’s the first or second rank, and on both emotional and cognitive aspects. Therefore these results let us think that studies at a bigger scale would be useful in order to prove the role the executive system plays for the treatment of the deficit in theory of mind observed in Alzheimer’s disease which participates in the difficulties of communication in this pathology.
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Claire Le Roux. Impact d'une stimulation exécutive sur le déficit observé en théorie de l'esprit chez les personnes atteintes de la maladie d'Alzheimer : étude de trois cas. Sciences cognitives. 2018. ⟨dumas-02071273⟩

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