Semantic amnesia without dementia: Documentation of a case

M. L. Rusconi, S. Zago, A. Basso

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Abstract

We described the case of a patient affected by a progressive semantic memory disorder associated with prevalent temporal lobe atrophy. This deficit seems to be "pure" in the sense that it has not been found to overlap with other cognitive deficits (intellectual, linguistic, perceptual, visuo-spatial etc.) for a long time. Furthermore, despite his impaired semantic knowledge, the autobiographical memory of the patient was largely intact. This case therefore represents a form of "semantic amnesia" without dementia, and supports the hypothesis that there is a partial distinction between "semantic" and "episodic" memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Volume18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Amnesia
Semantics
Documentation
Dementia
Episodic Memory
Memory Disorders
Temporal Lobe
Linguistics
Atrophy

Keywords

  • Episodic memory
  • Semantic amnesia
  • semantic memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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Semantic amnesia without dementia : Documentation of a case. / Rusconi, M. L.; Zago, S.; Basso, A.

In: Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1997, p. 167-171.

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