Diencephalic temporal order amnesia

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  • Objective - Amnesia for temporal relations may occur without amnesia for content memories. The aim was to determine whether a patient with mild memory loss due to a thalamic lesion had amnesia for temporal relations, and whether the amnesia was specific for particular material. Methods - A male patient had an isolated right dorsomedial thalamic infarct and resolving amnesia. He was tested on tasks relating to content (what) and temporal (when) memories for both verbal and non-verbal material, three and seven months after his infarct. Results - Three months after his infarct, the man had amnesia for temporal, but not content memories using non-verbal stimuli, and normal performance using verbal stimuli. Seven months after his infarct, he had a normal performance using verbal and non-verbal stimuli. Conclusions - Patients with thalamic lesions may have a material specific amnesia for temporal relations in the absence of amnesia for content.
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  • Shuren JE; Jacobs DH; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 163
  • End Page

  • 168
  • Volume

  • 62
  • Issue

  • 2