"I remember it as if it were yesterday" : memory for recent events in patients with semantic dementia

A-L R Adlam, K Patterson, J R Hodges

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Patients with semantic dementia (SD), who have an incontrovertible deficit in semantic memory, are reported to show good day-to-day memory for recent events; but experimental evidence on their anterograde episodic memory/new learning is somewhat sparse and does not always tell a consistent story. We describe the performance of five SD patients, relative to controls, on (a) a range of semantic memory measures that predictably revealed substantial impairment, and (b) a newly designed naturalistic and incidental episodic task, which included information regarding the items and context of the semantic tasks. As a group, the patients' episodic memory for these natural events was good, even after a 24-h delay, although case-by-case analysis revealed some heterogeneity in performance. These findings are discussed with regard to the neural substrate of episodic memory and psychological models of long-term memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1344-1351
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Memory
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Humans
  • Temporal Lobe
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Aged
  • Middle Aged
  • Dementia
  • Time Factors
  • Semantics

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