ADNeT and AIBL researchers link accumulation of amyloid to deficit in learning

A paper published online in Neurology (“Association of deficits in short-term learning and Aβ and hippocampal volume in cognitively normal adults) by AIBL and ADNeT researchers in Melbourne and Perth has shown that Aβ (amyloid-beta, the type found in Alzheimer’s disease) accumulation in the brain is associated more strongly with a deficit in learning than any other aspect of memory. The paper concludes: “Considered together, these data suggest that the primary cognitive consequence of Aβ+ is a failure to benefit from experience when exposed to novel stimuli, even over very short periods.”