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H.M.'s personal crossword puzzles: understanding memory and language.

dc.contributor.author Skotko, Brian G
dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.contributor.author Tupler, Larry A
dc.coverage.spatial England
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-19T04:54:18Z
dc.date.issued 2008-02
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18286414
dc.identifier 790550985
dc.identifier.issn 0965-8211
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10084
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.language eng
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartof Memory
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1080/09658210701864580
dc.subject Aged
dc.subject Amnesia, Anterograde
dc.subject Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Language
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Memory
dc.subject Neuropsychological Tests
dc.subject Neurosciences
dc.subject Problem Solving
dc.subject Temporal Lobe
dc.title H.M.'s personal crossword puzzles: understanding memory and language.
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Rubin, David C|0096042
duke.contributor.id Tupler, Larry A|0116627
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18286414
pubs.begin-page 89
pubs.end-page 96
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Translational Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 16


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