Social Capabilities in Alzheimer's Patients

31 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2007

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Antoni Bosch i Domènech

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Rosemarie Nagel

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics

Juan Vicente Sánchez-Andrés

University of La Laguna

Jaume Morera

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

Patients with stage-I (very mild and mild) Alzheimer's disease were asked to participate in a Dictator Game, a type of game in which a subject has to decide how to allocate a certain amount of money between himself and another person. The game enables the experimenter to examine the influence of social norms and social preferences on the decision-making process. When the results of treatments involving Alzheimer's disease patients were compared with those of identical treatments involving patients with mild cognitive impairment or healthy control subjects, with similar ages and social backgrounds, no statistically significant difference was found. This finding suggests that stage-I Alzheimer's disease patients may be as capable of making decisions involving social norms and preferences as other individuals of their age. Whatever brain structures are affected by the disease, they do not appear to influence, at this early stage, the neural basis for cooperation-enhancing social interactions.

Keywords: Alzheimer patients, social behavior, dictator games

JEL Classification: C9, C7

Suggested Citation

Bosch i Domènech, Antoni and Nagel, Rosemarie and Sánchez-Andrés, Juan Vicente and Morera, Jaume, Social Capabilities in Alzheimer's Patients (January 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1002885

Antoni Bosch i Domènech (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
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Rosemarie Nagel

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona
Spain
+34 93 542 3729 (Phone)
+34 93 542 1746 (Fax)

Juan Vicente Sánchez-Andrés

University of La Laguna

Spain

Jaume Morera

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

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