Lewis, Richard S. Department of Psychology, Pomona College, Claremont, California.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Neurological amnesia
- Functional amnesia
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A significant but relatively selective inability to remember. Amnesia can be characterized along two dimensions with respect to its onset: an inability to remember events that occurred after the onset of amnesia is referred to as anterograde amnesia, and a deficit in remembering events that occurred prior to the onset of amnesia is referred to as retrograde amnesia. Amnesia can be due to a variety of causes, or etiologies, and it can be classified according to whether the cause is primarily neurological or psychological in origin.
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