Excessive TV watching in patients with frontotemporal dementia

Academic Article


  • The "environmental dependency syndrome" refers to a loss of personal autonomy such that a person's environment almost entirely controls their actions. The goal of this study is to learn if patients with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) exhibit prolonged TV watching, a behavior which may be a symptom of environmental dependency. We recruited 40 patients with FTD and 48 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), and asked these participants' caregivers about TV watching behaviors including total viewing time and channel/show preference, along with other behaviors indicative of environmental dependency. Compared to AD patients, FTD patients watched TV for a longer time. In addition, the patients who watched more TV showed more signs of environmental dependency. Increased TV watching may be a sign of environmental dependency, however further research is needed to explore other hypotheses. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Neurocase  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Shin JS; Kim MS; Kim NS; Kim GH; Seo SW; Kim EJ; Heilman KM; Na DL
  • Start Page

  • 489
  • End Page

  • 496
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 5