Shrinking Retrograde Amnesia

  • Norman Geschwind
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 16)


Frank Benson and I decided to publish this case not because the phenomenon was new — Ritchie Russell and Peter Nathan had described it in 1946 — but because it had been neglected. Thus many animal experimenters had attempted to study the time course of consolidation of memory traces by such experiments as teaching the animal a task and after a variable interval using chemical or physiological methods to ‘erase’ the unconsolidated memory. The presumption in these experiments was that a failure of performance was equivalent to loss of the unconsolidated memory. This presumption failed, however, to take into account the possibility that such an experiment might merely reflect the production of a transient difficulty in retrieval. Only in recent years have animal experimenters come to be aware of this phenomenon and to study it.


Memory Loss Retrograde Amnesia Body Scheme Remote Memory Recent Memory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Geschwind
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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