Implicit emotional awareness in frontotemporal dementia

Cogn Neurosci. 2013;4(3-4):204-6. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2013.854756.


The preserved "implicit awareness" in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) presenting anosognosia has opened a new branch of research regarding explicit-implicit integration. The behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), contrary to AD, would present impaired anosognosia-related implicit awareness due to a dysfunctional implicit integration of contextual information caused by an abnormal fronto-insular-temporal network. Loss of insight and anosognosia are pervasive in bvFTD, but no reports have assessed the implicit emotional awareness in this condition. We emphasize the need to investigate and extend our knowledge of implicit contextual integration impairments and their relation with anosognosia in bvFTD vs AD.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Agnosia / psychology*
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology*
  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Denial, Psychological*
  • Humans