Pitt Corpus


Francois Boller
Neurology
The George Washington University


James Becker
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh

http://www.adrc.pitt.edu/

Participants: 104 controls, 208 dementia, 85 unknown diagnosis
Type of Study: Longitudinal neuropsychological assessments
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5CS3J

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Citation information

Becker, J. T., Boiler, F., Lopez, O. L., Saxton, J., & McGonigle, K. L. (1994). The natural history of Alzheimer's disease: description of study cohort and accuracy of diagnosis. Archives of Neurology, 51(6), 585-594.

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one corpus reference.

Project Description

These transcripts and audio files were gathered as part of a larger protocol administered by the Alzheimer and Related Dementias Study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The original acquisition of the DementiaBank data was supported by NIH grants AG005133 and AG003705 to the University of Pittsburgh. Participants included elderly controls, people with probable and possible Alzheimer’s Disease, and people with other dementia diagnoses. Data were gathered longitudinally, on a yearly basis. Demographic data and test results from the rest of the protocol that was administered to all participants are included on the Data Spreadsheet for the Pitt Corpus available from the DementiaBank website.

I. Media and Transcript Database

A. Cookie
These are responses to the Cookie Theft stimulus photo for the Control group and the Dementia group.

B. Fluency
These are responses to the Word Fluency task for the Dementia group only. These audio files have been transcribed by undergraduate student volunteers. The CHAT transcripts are in the process of being reveiwed by an experienced transcriber (July 2016).

C. Recall
These are responses to the Story Recall task for the Dementia group only. These audio files have been transcribed by undergraduate student volunteers. The CHAT transcripts have not been reveiwed by an experienced transcriber and should be considered rough first drafts.

D. Sentence
These are responses to the Sentence Construction task for the Dementia group only.

III. Tasks in the Alzheimer and Related Dementias Study protocol

Cookie Theft Picture Description

How many…
days in a year?
inches in a foot?
eggs in a dozen?
senators to a state?
ounces in a pound?
etc.

Yes/No Questions (from Western Aphasia Battery)
Is your name Smith (Brown, Matthews)?
Do you live in Toronto (Pittsburgh, Windsor)?
Are you a woman (man)?
Are the lights on?
Is the door closed?
Do you eat a banana before you peel it?
etc.

Read given sentences

Repeat sentences after investigator
He is fishing with George.
Why don’t you give them some candy?
etc.

Word fluency
Name any thing you can find in a supermarket. (Timed)
Name all the items I (investigator) am wearing.
Things that begin with the letter “F”

Name the item that…
you use to drink coffee/tea.
you use to fix your hair.
you use to tell the time.

What do you do with…
a razor?
soap?
a pencil?
etc.

Name the word that is being described
A prickly plant in the desert
An item used to hit a tennis ball
etc.

How are the following words alike?
Apple/banana (& Are these words names of fruits or animals?)
Coat/suit (& Are these words names of clothing or fruit?)
etc.

Name the word that does not belong
Dog, cat, car
Fish, car, train
Boy, door, man

Does this sentence make sense? (If not, tell me why or correct the sentence.)
He drank some coffee.
Where's in the package?
I’m not as tall am I am.

Tell me a short, simple sentence using the given word(s)
Pencil
Child/hospital
etc.

Recall a story – Immediate and Delayed and Probe Questions
Sometimes the story is about a July 4th event with Uncle Bill and John fishing;
sometimes it’s about Thanksgiving with George, Melanie, and a trip to the city.

Name the item (picture)
Maze
Toboggan
etc.