Effects of temporal lobe lesions on retrograde memory: a critical review

Suncica Lah*, Laurie Miller

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Scientific interest in retrograde memory has grown considerably over the last two decades. Studies have demonstrated that several brain regions, including the temporal lobes, participate in the formation, maintenance and storage of past memories. Different patterns and extents of retrograde memory deficits have been recorded in patients with temporal lobe lesions. It has been argued that the pattern of retrograde memory deficits is determined not only by the side and specific location of lesion within this region, but also by methodology, medical variables (such as etiology or seizure history), and coexisting cognitive deficits. In this paper we will review published case and group studies of patients with temporal lobe lesions to evaluate the impact of these factors on retrograde memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-52
Number of pages29
JournalNeuropsychology Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain lesions
  • Consolidation theory
  • Epilepsy
  • Lobectomy
  • Multiple trace theory
  • Temporal gradients


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