Un-total Recall: Amnesics Remember Grammar, But Not Meaning Of New Sentences

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 20:28 in Psychology & Sociology

Scientists examined which type of memory function contributes to syntactic persistence by comparing amnesics with a group of control volunteers. The amnesics in this study experience anterograde amnesia and exhibit problems forming new memories — they cannot remember facts & events that occurred following their head injury. However, their procedural memory is still intact. For example, these patients will not remember that they received a new bike, but they will improve at riding the bike.

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