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Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: self-deception and a broken heart


Baird, A D; McKay, R T (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: self-deception and a broken heart. Neurocase, 14(5):400-413.

Abstract

We explored potential contributing psychological factors in a patient (‘XF’) with focal retrograde amnesia, within the framework proposed by Kopelman (2000). In particular, we investigated the psychological trait of self-enhancement. We constructed a self-report questionnaire measure of self-enhancement and compared XF’s score on this measure with the scores of 61 control participants. XF was found to have a significantly greater level of self-enhancement than the entire control group, and also than a smaller sample of age- and sex-matched controls. We propose that heightened self-enhancement may reflect a premorbid tendency that potentially predisposes individuals to develop retrograde amnesia.

Abstract

We explored potential contributing psychological factors in a patient (‘XF’) with focal retrograde amnesia, within the framework proposed by Kopelman (2000). In particular, we investigated the psychological trait of self-enhancement. We constructed a self-report questionnaire measure of self-enhancement and compared XF’s score on this measure with the scores of 61 control participants. XF was found to have a significantly greater level of self-enhancement than the entire control group, and also than a smaller sample of age- and sex-matched controls. We propose that heightened self-enhancement may reflect a premorbid tendency that potentially predisposes individuals to develop retrograde amnesia.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:October 2008
Deposited On:19 Dec 2008 11:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:45
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN:1355-4794
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Neurocase 14(5):400-413. Neurocase is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713658146~db=all.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13554790802422120

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