"I remember it as if it were yesterday" : memory for recent events in patients with semantic dementia

Adlam, A-L R, Patterson, K and Hodges, J R (2009) "I remember it as if it were yesterday" : memory for recent events in patients with semantic dementia. Neuropsychologia, 47 (5). pp. 1344-1351. ISSN 0028-3932

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Patients with semantic dementia (SD), who have an incontrovertible deficit in semantic memory, are reported to show good day-to-day memory for recent events; but experimental evidence on their anterograde episodic memory/new learning is somewhat sparse and does not always tell a consistent story. We describe the performance of five SD patients, relative to controls, on (a) a range of semantic memory measures that predictably revealed substantial impairment, and (b) a newly designed naturalistic and incidental episodic task, which included information regarding the items and context of the semantic tasks. As a group, the patients' episodic memory for these natural events was good, even after a 24-h delay, although case-by-case analysis revealed some heterogeneity in performance. These findings are discussed with regard to the neural substrate of episodic memory and psychological models of long-term memory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: memory,memory, short-term,humans,temporal lobe,case-control studies,aged,middle aged,dementia,time factors,semantics
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 13:10
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2023 13:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43048
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.01.029

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