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A study has revealed that Alzheimer’s not only causes cognitive decline and memory loss, but also takes emotions out of those who suffer from the terrible disease.
Researchers from the University of Florida have been doing a great deal of work on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to see the various ways in which it will impact its victims.
One interesting thing that they found is that Alzheimer’s can actually suck the emotions right out of people, to the point where they will respond differently to things once the disease has developed when compared to before the disease.
The study was carried out by having a group of patients with Alzheimer’s experience ten different negative pictures, and ten different positive pictures.
The idea was to see how they would react when it comes these pictures, and how Alzheimer’s would impact their reaction.
Researchers stated that the Alzheimer’s patients, within their brains, realized what their emotions were, but they were different when compared those who did not have Alzheimer’s.
Emotions could vary depending on the case and the patient, but from this study those who have Alzheimer’s are not able to actively display their emotions the same way healthy people can.
The study has been published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences