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The Roots of Cognitive NeuroscienceBehavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology$
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Anjan Chatterjee and H. Branch Coslett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395549.001.0001

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Deconstructing Human Memory

Deconstructing Human Memory

Insights from Amnesia

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(p.53) Chapter 3 Deconstructing Human Memory
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The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience
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Mieke Verfaellie

Margaret M. Keane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395549.003.0003

Dissociations in the performance of patients with amnesia have contributed to the identification of distinct forms of memory, such as those between implicit and explicit memory and between semantic and episodic memory, and have allowed researchers to fully characterize these distinct forms of memory. The emphasis on fractionation of memory, however, has overshadowed the fact that distinct forms of memory commonly interact in the service of task performance. Here we illustrate how selective impairments in amnesia can provide a window onto functional interactions between different forms of memory through a focus on the nature of processes and representations that mediate task performance.

Keywords:   dissociation, functional interaction, implicit memory, explicit memory, episodic memory, semantic memory

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