The long and the short of it: Relational memory impairments in amnesia, even at short lags

Deborah E. Hannula, Daniel Tranel, Neal J. Cohen

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Classic studies of amnesia led to characterizations of hippocampal function emphasizing involvement in long-term memory rather than short-term (or working) memory. In two experiments, we show that when memory for relations among co-occurring items is tested, hippocampal amnesia results in a deficit even at very short lags. Hence, we find evidence for hippocampal involvement in relational memory, even at short lags normally considered the province of working memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8352-8359
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number32
StatePublished - Aug 9 2006



  • Amnesia
  • Hippocampus
  • Human
  • Long-term memory
  • Memory
  • Relational memory
  • Short-term memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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