Gist Recall in Multiple Sclerosis

Felicia C. Goldstein, Robert R. Mckendall, Marc W. Haut

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This study examined gist recall (memory for important story ideas) in patients with multiple sclerosis. Twelve patients with clinically probable or definite multiple sclerosis and 10 neurologically intact control subjects were read prose passages from the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised Logical Memory subtest. The idea units from these passages contained low, medium, and high information content to the stories. In comparison with the control subjects, the patients recalled fewer total elements over immediate and delayed conditions. However, similar to controls, they recalled more ideas that were of high rather than low or medium importance. These results suggest that semantic sensitivity to important ideas of narratives is a relatively preserved feature in multiple sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1064
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Neurology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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