Effects of hippocampal amnesia on discourse following traumatic brain injury

2016-07-12T18:30:35Z (GMT) by Melissa Duff Jake Kurczek
<div> <div> <div> <div> <p>Duff, M. C. & Kurczek, J. (2011, November), Effects of hippocampal amnesia on discourse following tramatic brain injury. <i>Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)</i>, San Diego, CA.</p><p>We reported the case of AK, who despite a profound anterograde amnesia had a remarkable functional outcome in terms of academic, vocational, and interpersonal success (Duff et al, 2008a). She demonstrated a keen sense of self-awareness and insight into her deficits. Particularly striking was AK’s ability to conceal her memory impairment in everyday settings including in her social interactions. </p> <p>In a separate line of work, we have been investigating the contribution of declarative memory to meeting the real-world demands that communication places on language-and-memory-in-use by studying the discourse practices of a group of individuals with hippocampal amnesia. In previous studies we have reported a number of discourse level impairments in patients with amnesia (Duff et al., 2007; 2008b; 2009; 2011; Kurczek & Duff, 2011). </p> <p>Here we examine the discourse of AK and three demographically matched comparison participants across microlinguistic, macrolinguisitc, and interactional measures. Of particular interest was whether her discourse abilities differs significantly from those individuals with amnesia we have previously studied and if her discourse contributes to her unique profile and successful outcome. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div>