An attempt is made to account for the ability of severely amnesic patients to learn and retain certain tasks but not others. The hypothesis is advanced that the amnesic subject can show learning through facilitation by repetition or of simple S-R relationships not requiring cognitive mediation. Three examinations are reported. The first demonstrates that the amnesic subjects have adequate speed of access to semantic and phonological knowledge and show the same degree of improvement on retesti...Expand abstract
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Amnesia: a disconnection syndrome?
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