Amnesia Theory

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Hofman et al. (2002) believed that those who suffer, from what society calls, a mental disorder where most likely to not develop all the way in learning. From what was gathered by reading this article that in order for our memories to be able to obtain everything that we need to know we must hit the markers that occur. If someone who suffers from both a mental and a physical disorder cannot hit these markers than this will most likely lead to amnesia. This theory proves to be valid because if one does not work on their mind than how will this expand their mind. This is the most common trauma to the brain that nobody is aware of that can happen. This also ties back into the seizures theory as well as the onset of paralysis. All of this …show more content…
Cantu believed that this also helped in the acquiring of amnesia. Cantu’s participants were those that played sports. He believed that people who played sports were more likely prone to obtaining a head concussion.
Researcher Connolly believed that people who had a car accident would most likely suffer from head trauma. He believed that people who had impact on their heads in cars could most likely suffer from amnesia. Like the researchers before him he believed that brain injury could cause people to suffer from both retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia.
Of course the reader of the paper might have a couple of questions pondering in their head. What does all of this have to do with amnesia? Many researches believed that traumatic injury to the brain could cause some form of damage. They knew that once the brain was damaged in a certain area that the start of amnesia could begin.
However some did not have the same approach to how this exactly can happen. Some believed that a small tear in the brain tissue could cause amnesia. Other researchers believed that a massive injury had to take place in order for amnesia to be
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(1994) conducted a research experiment in which they studied monkeys who had lesion in their brain. They wanted to see if the long term memory or short term memory would be affected more. Alvarez et al. (1994) came to the conclusion that short term memory was more affected which means that these patients suffered from anterograde amnesia.
They performed certain test in which they would present the monkeys with things they know vs new things. This experiment “monkeys with lesions of the hippocampal formation and adjacent cortex” (Alvarez 1994) are more likely to develop amnesia.
Correlation to Alzheimer’s disease Smith (2014) conducted a study in which he believed that there was a correlation between Alzheimers and amnesia. Smith (2014) believed that “MTL damage is also associated with retrograde amnesia, that is, difficulty remembering information acquired prior to the onset of amnesia”. Smith believed that those who suffered from retrograde amnesia had a stronger correlation with Alzheimer. This makes sense because those who suffer from Alzheimer forget their past. There might be a part they can remember.
According to Smith, she believed that people with both of these amnesias can sometimes remember familiar situations but then can forget what was going on.

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