Extending the limits of complex learning in organic amnesia: Computer training in a vocational domain

Elizabeth L. Glisky, Daniel L. Schacter

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This study explored the limits of learning that could be achieved by an amnesic patient in a complex real-world domain. Using a cuing procedure known as the method of vanishing cues, a severely amnesic encephalitic patient was taught over 250 discrete pieces of new information concerning the rules and procedures for performing a task involving data entry into a computer. Subsequently, she was able to use this acquired knowledge to perform the task accurately and efficiently in the workplace. These results suggest that amnesic patients' preserved learning abilities can be extended well beyond what has been reported previously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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