Recovered Memories: Seeking the Middle Ground

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PSYCHOGENIC AMNESIAS:
FUNCTIONAL
MEMORY LOSS

Michael Kopelman and John Morton


INTRODUCTION

Our intention is to report on a case of functional amnesia and examine a range of accounts of functional amnesia in the framework of a particular model of event memory, Headed Records (Morton, Hammersley & Bekerian, 1985; Morton & Bekerian, 1986; Morton, 1990; Abeles & Morton, 1999; Barreau & Morton, in press; Newcombe & Siegal, 1996; Smith, Morton & Oakley, in press; Wilkinson, 1998a, 1998b). In addition, we will draw some parallels between the properties of functional amnesia and those of recovered and false memory.


HEADED RECORDS

The Headed Records model of memory, in common with many other models, proposes that memory is made up of individual Records each corresponding to an event. Both Tulving’s encoding specificity principle (Tulving, 1983) and the principle of state-dependent learning were essential foundation blocks for the model, and were implemented in it through the operation of Headings, attached to each record, within which the modality of

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