anterograde amnesia

GC: n

S: (last access: 29 August 2015); (last access: 29 August 2015).

N: 1. Anterograde amnesia is the loss of the ability to create new memories, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, even though long-term memories from before the event which caused the amnesia remain intact. Sufferers may therefore repeat comments or questions several times, for example, or fail to recognize people they met just minutes before.
2. Anterograde amnesia may be drug-induced (several benzodiazepines are known to have powerful amnesic effects, and alcohol intoxication also has a similar effect) or it may follow a traumatic brain injury or surgery in which there is damage to the hippocampus or medial temporal lobe of the brain, or an acute event such as a concussion, a heart attack, oxygen deprivation or an epileptic attack. Less commonly, it can also be caused by shock or an emotional disorder.
3. Cultural Interrelation: The Goldfield Syndrome is a fictional ‘syndrome’—combining anterograde amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease—which affects Lucy, a character in the movie 50 First Dates (directed by Peter Segal in 2004), played by Drew Barrymore.

S: 1 & 2. (last access: 29 August 2015). 3. (last access: 29 August 2015).

SYN: posttraumatic amnesia

S: DTMe; (last access: 29 August 2015).

CR: Alzheimer’s disease, amnesia, memory, mnemonics, retrograde amnesia.