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A case of simulated, psychogenic or focal pure retrograde amnesia: did an entire life become unconscious?

Barbarotto, R.; Laiacona, Marcella and Cocchini, Gianna. 1996. A case of simulated, psychogenic or focal pure retrograde amnesia: did an entire life become unconscious? Neuropsychologia, 34(6), pp. 575-585. ISSN 0028-3932 [Article]

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A case of pure retrograde amnesia following mild head injury is reported. Neuropsychological, psychodynamic and statistical approaches are employed in an attempt to disentangle the clinical picture presented by the patient. Focal retrograde amnesia, psychogenic retrograde amnesia and simulated amnesia are all taken into account. From a public events questionnaire and an inquiry about famous people, consistency analyses showed that the patient was able implicitly to use information she denied having, but at the same time, made us lower the probability of a simulated amnesia. Moreover, psychodynamic analysis showed that the patient's personality structure was compatible with hysterical patterns and we suggest that the patient's memory defect may be related to her personality. It seems less likely, though still possible, that the case may be explained in terms of deliberate simulation. In this case we conclude that the classification along the conscious/unconscious dimension seems more informative than the contrast between psychogenic and organic genesis.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/0028-3932(95)00141-7

Keywords:

retrograde amnesia

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1996Published

Item ID:

17527

Date Deposited:

12 Apr 2016 13:04

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17527

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