J. F. Kihlstrom, E. L. Glisky

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This article provides a comprehensive survey of amnesia as it occurs in a variety of situations, including brain damage and the effects of alcohol and sedative drugs, as well as 'functional' or 'psychogenic' amnesias observed in the dissociative disorders and hypnosis. It also discusses memory failures associated with normal and abnormal development, such as infantile and childhood amnesia, normal aging, and Alzheimer's disease, as well as amnesias following sleep and general anesthesia. Amnesia has theoretical implications for our understanding of normal memory function at both the psychological and neuroscientific levels of analysis, and practical implications for the rehabilitation of memory disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750006
ISBN (Print)9780080961804
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Alcoholic blackout
  • Amnesia
  • Amnesic syndrome
  • Conscious sedation
  • Dissociative amnesia
  • Dissociative fugue
  • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Functional amnesia
  • General anesthesia
  • Implicit memory
  • Infantile and childhood amnesia
  • Korsakoff syndrome
  • Logic of dissociation
  • Memory
  • Transient global amnesia
  • Traumatic retrograde amnesia
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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