From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: memory Re: (urth) Heracles lesson Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:13:52 -0700 Mimosa, Thanks; I've been meaning to read Luria for years. And I hadn't thought about the possibility of a hippocampus injury. Duh. But that would make the question about dreams all the more interesting, wouldn't it? --Blattid. >From: "sheila miguez" >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org >To: email@example.com >Subject: memory Re: (urth) Heracles lesson >Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:04:24 -0500 > >On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 08:33:52 -0700, "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" > said: > > In short: The injury to Latro's head seems to have created an inability > > to > > recall informaiton from long-term stores at some cognitive levels -- >some > > fairly abstract cognitive levels; this is clearly an injury in the > > "higher" > > centers of the brain. > >It's been a while since I've taken the classes, but in some of my psyc >classes >we discussed the case study of a patient who had epilepsy so severe that >they >resorted to surgery on his hippocampus. I managed to pull up some info >from google: > >http://thalamus.wustl.edu/course/limbic.html > > >The significance of the hippocampus is driven home by a famous patient >named H.M. As part of an epilepsy surgery, doctors removed most of his >medial temporal lobes. Since that surgery, in 1953, he has formed no new >memories. He can remember his childhood and everything before the >surgery, and he still has working memory and the ability to form >procedural memories. You can have a normal, lucid conversation with him, >but if you leave the room for a moment, when you return he will not >remember you or the conversation. He has completely lost the ability to >lay down declarative memory. > > >We discussed other patients in the class and studies done on them and how >their >learning had changed. I vaguely remember that they would do exercises >where they >wouldn't retain the memory of the exercise, but on latter trials their >learning >curves were improved. > >A condition that mimics this is Korsakoff's Syndrome which arises from >extreme >alcoholism. It produces lesions in that region of the brain. One of >Oliver Sacks' >books has a case study on it. > >If you want to read about memory, but the flip side, Luria has a case >study about >a man with eidetic memory _The Mind of a Mnemonist_. Luria has some >interesting >case studies. > >mimosa > >-- _________________________________________________________________ Add photos to your messages with MSN 8. Get 2 months FREE*. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/featuredemail --