Fractionation of visual memory: Evidence from a case with multiple neurodevelopmental impairments

Cipolotti, L., Robinson, G., Blair, J. and Frith, U. (1999) Fractionation of visual memory: Evidence from a case with multiple neurodevelopmental impairments. Neuropsychologia, 37 4: 455-465. doi:10.1016/S0028-3932(98)00086-4


Author Cipolotti, L.
Robinson, G.
Blair, J.
Frith, U.
Title Fractionation of visual memory: Evidence from a case with multiple neurodevelopmental impairments
Journal name Neuropsychologia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-3932
Publication date 1999
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0028-3932(98)00086-4
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 455
End page 465
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract It is known that the adult visual memory system is fractionable into functionally independent cognitive subsystems, selectively susceptible to brain damage. However, it is unclear whether these cognitive subsystems can fractionate developmentally. The present study describes an investigation of visual memory of a patient (PE) with multiple developmental disorders. PE was congenitally deaf, had Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and autism, with non-verbal ability in the normal range. The patient presented with a recognition memory impairment for unknown human faces. This contrasted with his superior recognition memory for unknown buildings, landscapes and outdoor scenes. PEs memory impairment for faces could not be explained by a general deficit in face processing. Interestingly, PE also showed a recognition memory impairment for animals. These findings indicate that different domains of the visual memory system can be fractionated developmentally. In particular, it demonstrates that topographical memory can develop independently from other aspects of visual memory.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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