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Evidence for the independence of recognition and recency memory in amnesic subjects

Shaw, C. and Aggleton, John Patrick 1995. Evidence for the independence of recognition and recency memory in amnesic subjects. Cortex 31 (1) , pp. 57-71.

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The present study examined two groups of amnesic subjects (Korsakoff and Post-Encephalitic) on tests of object recency. In the first test the subject tried to select the object that had been shown most recently from a pair of familiar objects. Compared with their respective controls both amnesic group were severely, and similarly, impaired. This impairment did not, however, appear to reflect a failure to engage specific rehearsal strategies. In the second test a dissociation was found between judgements of recency and recognition for the same item. This was consistent with the lack of correlation between recency performance and performance on a number of other memory tests. The present findings suggest that the underlying cause of the recency memory deficit in amnesia is different to that responsible for other memory losses. They also point to a dissociation between the processes involved in estimating recency and temporal duration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0010-9452
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:13

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