Accelerated long-term forgetting: a newly identified memory impairment in epilepsy

Zoë Fitzgerald, Armin Mohamed*, Monica Ricci, Zoë Thayer, Laurie Miller

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    Recently, a pattern referred to as accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) has been described in patients with epilepsy. In ALF, acquisition and retention over standard delayed recall intervals (up to 30 minutes) tend to be intact, but there is an abnormally rapid rate of forgetting over delays of days or weeks. ALF is associated with everyday memory complaints as well as impairments in autobiographical memory, but goes largely undetected by traditional neuropsychological measures. We consider here the characteristics of ALF and possible contributors to its underlying pathophysiology. Overall, a better understanding of this relatively newly recognised memory disorder should improve clinical treatment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1486-1491
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


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