Amnesia

amnesia (ămnē´zhə), [Gr.,=forgetfulness], condition characterized by loss of memory for long or short intervals of time. It may be caused by injury, shock, senility, severe illness, or mental disease. Some cases of amnesia involve the unconscious suppression of a painful experience and everything remindful of it including the individual's identity (see defense mechanism). Retrograde amnesia is loss of memory of events just preceding temporary loss of consciousness, as from head injury; it is evidence that memory proceeds in two stages, short term and long term. One form of the condition known as tropic amnesia, or coast memory, affecting white men in the tropics, is probably a variety of hysteria. Aphasia of the amnesic variety is caused by an organic brain condition and is not to be confused with other forms of amnesia. To cure amnesia, attempts are made to establish associations with the past by suggestion, and hypnotism is sometimes employed.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Amnesia: Selected full-text books and articles

The Amnesias: A Clinical Textbook of Memory Disorders By Andrew C. Papanicolaou Oxford University Press, 2006
Neuropsychology of Memory By Larry R. Squire; Daniel L. Schacter Guilford Press, 2002 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: multiple chapters on amnesia
Is Categorization Performance Really Intact in Amnesia? A Meta-Analysis By Zaki, Safa R Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol. 11, No. 6, December 2004
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Debunking Myths about Trauma and Memory By McNally, Richard J Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 50, No. 13, November 2005
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Amnesia and the Determination of Competency to Stand Trial By Tysse, James E.; Hafemeister, Thomas L Developments in Mental Health Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, July 2006
Posthypnotic Amnesia and Autobiographical Memory in Adolescents By Enea, Violeta; Dafinoiu, Ion Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, Vol. 8, No. 2, September 2008
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Amnesia, Rehearsal, and Temporal Distinctiveness Models of Recall By Brown, Gordon D. A.; Sala, Sergio Della; Foster, Jonathan K.; Vousden, Janet I Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, April 2007
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Human Memory and Amnesia By Laird S. Cermak Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1982
The Neuropsychology of Degenerative Brain Diseases By Robert G. Knight Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Amnesia in Korsakoff's Disease" begins on p. 69
Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past By Daniel L. Schacter Basic Books, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "Vanishing Traces: Amnesia and the Brain" and Chap. Eight "Islands in the Fog: Psychogenic Amnesia"
Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found By Lenore Terr Basic Books, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of amnesia in multiple chapters
Memory Development between Two and Twenty By Wolfgang Schneider; Michael Pressley Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Infantile Amnesia" begins on p. 2
Mechanisms of Everyday Cognition By James M. Puckett; Hayne W. Reese Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Early Memories and Amnesia" begins on p. 123
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