Amnesia and Memory Retention Term Paper by ABCs

Amnesia and Memory Retention
An exploration of the causes, effects and treatments of amnesia.
# 112011 | 1,945 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2009 in Psychology (Memory) , Medical and Health (General) , Biology (General) , Psychology (General)

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The paper looks at the types of amnesia and their causes, including amnesia which targets short-term memory patterns (anterograde), long-term memory patterns (retrograde) and a transient global mode of amnesia. The paper then discusses the treatments available, which involve cognitive rehabilitation and medications, but shows how amnesia is a medical disorder which we have a limited scientific ability to address.

From the Paper:

"In many ways, the inhospitable nature of memory to empirical research has been a considerable obstruction to our understanding of the various afflictions to proper access of information as stored in the brain. However, by the same token, the nature and symptoms of many such afflictions as those which appear to target mental fidelity are helping to illuminate some of the as yet unresolved secrets of neurological functionality. In the necessary pursuit of effective medical treatment for individuals afflicted by memory loss of any nature, we have begun to breach new frontiers in the scientific comprehension of the peculiarities and implications of information retention and recall. Perhaps the most popularly recognized condition concerning memory retention and loss, and one that has been fairly useful as a source for theretofore unconsidered revelations about the inner-workings of memory storage, is amnesia."

Sample of Sources Used:

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