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Autobiographical memory and amnesia: using conceptual knowledge to ground the self

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Rathbone, C. J., Moulin, C. J. A. and Conway, M. A. (2009) Autobiographical memory and amnesia: using conceptual knowledge to ground the self. Neurocase, 15 (5). pp. 405-418. ISSN 1465-3656

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/13554790902849164

Abstract/Summary

A case of retrograde amnesia, PJM, elucidated the relationship between self, episodic memory and autobiographical knowledge. Results from a variety of measures including the I Am Memory Task (IAM Task), where memories are cued by self-generated self concepts, demonstrate that PJM has a coherent, continuous sense of self, despite having lost episodic memories for an 18-month period. Her use of conceptual autobiographical knowledge, in episodic tasks and to support aspects of identity, shows how autobiographical knowledge can support the self when episodic memories are inaccessible. These results are discussed with relation to current neuropsychological models of self and memory.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Social
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:21635
Uncontrolled Keywords:Autobiographical memory; self; identity; amnesia; episodic
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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