Autobiographical memory indicates Alzheimer’s risk

Sep 05, 2018, 8:54 AM EDT
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(Source: Suzanne Berton/flickr)

Alzheimer’s disease launches a silent assault on the brain years before it manifests in the form of memory difficulties. Researchers have struggled to pick up any early signs of this malady before it begins debilitating memory and cognition, but a recent study offers new hope in this direction.

The researchers at the University of Arizona psychology department have observed that the chances of a person developing Alzheimer’s disease can be predicted by analyzing how vividly they can recollect past events in their lives, notes Futurity.

Autobiographical memories are “housed” in the parts of the brain that are compromised early on in Alzheimer's disease pathology, reports Science Daily. The researchers are optimistic that this work could lead to developing methods for gauging the preclinical brain changes of Alzheimer's disease at an early stage.