Summary: The Effects Of Amnesia

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The Effects of Amnesia

In the movies and the novels, we keep exposed to the amnesia themed storylines. As we learn from them, the amnesia can be caused by a head trauma, traumatic events, or physical deficiencies. However, few people understand there are various kinds and symptoms of the amnesia. The aim of this paper is to grasp the effects of amnesia for particular types. The three of symptoms will be mentioned in this paper, which are the impaired ability to learn new information, impaired ability to recall past events and previously familiar information, and inability to recollect the whole truth. Due to the first effect of amnesia, the patients cannot remember new information while they can still remember the events or data before
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They often make the whole false story or place the real memories in the wrong time. In a study conducted by Dalla Barba and Decaix from the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale and the Department of Neurology of the Hôpital Saint Antoine in Paris and published by Elsevier in the May 2009 issue of Cortex, researchers found that a patient with severe amnesia reported detailed false memories in answering [“Do you remember what you did on March 13, 1985?”] type of question. Patient LM, described in this study, is a 68-year-old man who developed Korsakoff's syndrome, a condition characterized by severe amnesia and confabulation. He had an unusual tendency to consistently provide a confabulatory answer to this type of questions. He would say, for example, that on March 13, 1985 he spent the day at the Senart Forest (a place where he used to go often with his family) or that he could remember that on the first day of summer in 1979 he was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. People with normal memories are unable to answer this type of question because it is beyond their memory capacity (Brancolini,
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