Successful life outcome and management of real-world memory demands despite profound anterograde amnesia

Melissa C. Duff, Tracey Wszalek, Daniel Tranel, Neal J. Cohen

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Abstract

We describe the case of Angie, a 50-year-old woman with profound amnesia (General Memory Index = 49, Full Scale IQ = 126) following a closed head injury in 1985. This case is unique in comparison to other cases reported in the literature in that, despite the severity of her amnesia, she has developed remarkable real-world life abilities, shows impressive self-awareness and insight into the impairment and sparing of various functional memory abilities, and exhibits ongoing maturation of her identity and sense of self following amnesia. The case provides insights into the interaction of different memory and cognitive systems in handling real-world memory demands and has implications for rehabilitation and for successful life outcome after amnesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-945
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Amnesia
  • Compensation
  • Memory
  • Outcome
  • Rehabilitation

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Successful life outcome and management of real-world memory demands despite profound anterograde amnesia. / Duff, Melissa C.; Wszalek, Tracey; Tranel, Daniel; Cohen, Neal J.

In: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Vol. 30, No. 8, 01.04.2008, p. 931-945.

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