H.M.'s personal crossword puzzles: understanding memory and language.
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The amnesic patient H.M. has been solving crossword puzzles nearly all his life. Here, we analysed the linguistic content of 277 of H.M.'s crossword-puzzle solutions. H.M. did not have any unusual difficulties with the orthographic and grammatical components inherent to the puzzles. He exhibited few spelling errors, responded with appropriate parts of speech, and provided answers that were, at times, more convincing to observers than those supplied by the answer keys. These results suggest that H.M.'s lexical word-retrieval skills remain fluid despite his profound anterograde amnesia. Once acquired, the maintenance of written language comprehension and production does not seem to require intact medial temporal lobe structures.
Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1080/09658210701864580
Publication InfoSkotko, Brian G; Rubin, David C; & Tupler, Larry A (2008). H.M.'s personal crossword puzzles: understanding memory and language. Memory, 16(2). pp. 89-96. 10.1080/09658210701864580. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10084.
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Juanita M. Kreps Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
For .pdfs of all publications click here My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory
Associate Consulting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
My principal research interest concerns brain-behavior relationships, both in normals and in psychiatric populations. Methods of study include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS), neuropsychological investigations, psychopharmacological studies, cognitive-science paradigms, and methodological inquiries. More specifically, topics of interest include lesion and morphometric studies of discrete brain regions as they relate to cognitive and ot
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