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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: Re: memory Re: (urth) Heracles lesson
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:13:52 -0700


Thanks; I've been meaning to read Luria for years.

And I hadn't thought about the possibility of a hippocampus injury. Duh. But 
would make the question about dreams all the more interesting, wouldn't it?


>From: "sheila miguez" 
>Reply-To: urth@urth.net
>To: urth@urth.net
>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 -- 
> > 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
>we discussed the case study of a patient who had epilepsy so severe that
>resorted to surgery on his hippocampus. I managed to pull up some info
>from google:
>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
>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
>curves were improved.
>A condition that mimics this is Korsakoff's Syndrome which arises from
>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
>case studies.

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