Blinking in patients with memory disorders during short term memory tasks

John M Olichney, Hillel Pratt, Arnold Starr

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The occurrence of blinking during short term memory tasks was analyzed for 32 subjects divided into three groups: 12 memory impaired patients, 10 elderly normals (age-matched to the patients), and 10 young normals. The subjects were participating in a study of brain evoked potentials accompanying memory activities. They were instructed not to blink during the performance of the memory tasks for reasons related to the quality of the recorded potentials. In this context, the withholding of blinking can be considered a secondary task. Blinking during the short term memory tasks was inversely related to performance accuracy (r = -57). Age, mini-mental score and reaction time were also significantly related to the frequency of blinking. Dividing the memory patients into two groups according to the incidence of blinking, (high-blinking" and low-blinking" revealed a significant difference in overall task accuracy with the high-blinking group performing more poorly than the low-blinking group

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-180
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Blink
  • Short-term memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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