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Using SenseCam with an amnesic patient: Accessing inaccessible everyday memories

Loveday, Catherine and Conway, Martin A. (2011) Using SenseCam with an amnesic patient: Accessing inaccessible everyday memories. Memory, 19 (7). pp. 697-704. ISSN 0965-8211

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2011.610803

Abstract

Forgetting is a normal and everyday occurrence that may sometimes reflect a complete loss of the mnemonic record or a failure to encode it in the first place. However, on many occasions with the help of cues we can eventually or suddenly recall a memory that seemed to be lost, thus highlighting the probability that many instances of "forgetting" may in fact reflect inaccessibility rather than true loss. We report here on our amnesic patient CR who presents an extreme example of this normal everyday forgetting. For 4 weeks, CR recorded regular personal autobiographical events both on a SenseCam (henceforth SC) and in a written diary form. Subjective and objective aspects of recall were measured each weekend both without any cues and then with either a SC or diary cue. We show that the SC enabled CR to recall significantly more detailed episodic memories than reading the diary and importantly we observed that the qualitative nature of these memories was different. We comment on the considerable potential of SC for therapeutic purposes.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:10083
Deposited On:20 Oct 2011 14:29
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