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Puzzling thoughts for H. M.: can new semantic information be anchored to old semantic memories?

dc.contributor.author Corkin, S
dc.contributor.author Einstein, G
dc.contributor.author Kensinger, EA
dc.contributor.author Krendl, A
dc.contributor.author Locascio, JJ
dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.contributor.author Skotko, BG
dc.contributor.author Tupler, LA
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-20T02:30:36Z
dc.date.issued 2004-10
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15506844
dc.identifier 2004-19607-019
dc.identifier.issn 0894-4105
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10113
dc.description.abstract Researchers currently debate whether new semantic knowledge can be learned and retrieved despite extensive damage to medial temporal lobe (MTL) structures. The authors explored whether H. M., a patient with amnesia, could acquire new semantic information in the context of his lifelong hobby of solving crossword puzzles. First, H. M. was tested on a series of word-skills tests believed important in solving crosswords. He also completed 3 new crosswords: 1 puzzle testing pre-1953 knowledge, another testing post-1953 knowledge, and another combining the 2 by giving postoperative semantic clues for preoperative answers. From the results, the authors concluded that H. M. can acquire new semantic knowledge, at least temporarily, when he can anchor it to mental representations established preoperatively.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof Neuropsychology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1037/0894-4105.18.4.756
dc.subject Aged
dc.subject Amnesia
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Follow-Up Studies
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Memory
dc.subject Middle Aged
dc.subject Neuropsychological Tests
dc.subject Problem Solving
dc.subject Reference Values
dc.subject Retrospective Studies
dc.subject Semantics
dc.subject Temporal Lobe
dc.subject Time Factors
dc.subject Verbal Learning
dc.title Puzzling thoughts for H. M.: can new semantic information be anchored to old semantic memories?
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15506844
pubs.begin-page 756
pubs.end-page 769
pubs.issue 4
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 18


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