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Charting the acquisition of semantic knowledge in a case of developmental amnesia

Gardiner, JM; Brandt, KR; Baddeley, AD; Vargha-Khadem, F; Mishkin, M; (2008) Charting the acquisition of semantic knowledge in a case of developmental amnesia. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA , 46 (11) 2865 - 2868. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.05.021.

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Abstract

We report the acquisition and recall of novel facts by Jon, a young adult with early onset developmental amnesia whose episodic memory is gravely impaired due to selective bilateral hippocampal damage. Jon succeeded in learning some novel facts but compared with a control group his intertrial retention was impaired during acquisition and, except for the most frequently repeated facts, he was also less accurate in correctly sourcing these facts to the experiment. The results further support the hypothesis that despite a severely compromised episodic memory and hippocampal system, there is nevertheless the capacity to accrue semantic knowledge available to recall. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Charting the acquisition of semantic knowledge in a case of developmental amnesia
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.05.021
Keywords: developmental amnesia, episodic memory, semantic memory, hippocampus, learning, RECOGNITION MEMORY, HIPPOCAMPAL PATHOLOGY, INFORMATION
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > ICH Developmental Neurosciences Prog
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/114114
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