Memory and Learning in Intellectual Disabilities

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This chapter reviews the neuropsychological literature and recent experimental studies on long-term memory and learning development in intellectual disabilities (ID), particularly in genetic syndromes. The main goal is to report specific profiles of memory capacities (with some components more preserved and others more impaired) in people with ID of different etiologies but similar severity. Consistently with a neuropsychological approach, distinct memory profiles in ID and, more specifically, in genetic syndromes can be traced to the characteristics of their brain development and architecture. Therefore, the possible correlation between memory profiles and brain development will also be presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199940448, 9780195305012
Publication statusPublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Genetic syndromes
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning
  • Long-term memory
  • Short-term memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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