Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart

Amee Baird, Ryan McKay

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Abstract

We explored potential contributing psychological factors in a patient ('XF') with focal retrograde amnesia, within the framework proposed by Kopelman (2000, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 17, 585). In particular, we investigated the psychological trait of self-enhancement. We constructed a self-report questionnaire measure of self-enhancement and compared XF's score on this measure with the scores of 61 control participants. XF was found to have a significantly greater level of self-enhancement than the entire control group, and also than a smaller sample of age- and sex-matched controls. We propose that heightened self-enhancement may reflect a premorbid tendency that potentially predisposes individuals to develop retrograde amnesia.

LanguageEnglish
Pages400-413
Number of pages14
JournalNeurocase
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Retrograde Amnesia
Deception
Psychology
Neuropsychology
Self Report
Control Groups
Amnesia
Psychological
Enhancement
Self-deception
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Positive illusions
  • Self-enhancement
  • Self-report measures

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