Accelerated Long-Term Forgetting Limited to the Recollection Component of Recognition Memory in a Temporal Lobe Epileptic Patient

Antonio Daniele, Maria Giovanna Lombardi, Giordano Lacidogna, Giovanni Augusto Carlesimo, Alfredo La Cara, Lucia Fadda, Carlo Caltagirone

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Abstract

Accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) is a frequent finding in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Here we report the case of a TLE patient who complained of marked difficulties in remembering personal events and information even though repeated neuropsychological assessments had failed to detect any deficit on common laboratory memory tests. The patient underwent an experimental investigation that involved estimating recollection and familiarity processes in the performance on verbal and visual recognition tests, over intervals ranging from 10 minutes to 7 days. Results showed accelerated forgetting confined to the recollection component only, which was particularly evident in the verbal test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-286
Number of pages9
JournalNeurocase
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Accelerated long-term forgetting
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology (clinical)
  • amnesia
  • declarative memory
  • recollection
  • temporal lobe epilepsy

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