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Title: The role of the frontal lobes in human memory
Author: Burgess, Paul William
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis is an examination of the memory problems that are considered pathological of frontal lobe dysfunction in humans. It is divided in to three main sections. The first section concentrates on the findings from the experimental literature, and includes the development of two measures sensitive to frontal lobe involvement. These tests were validated on a group of 152 patients with localised cerebral lesions, and were used in order to discover the role of executive functions in patients' performance on traditional neuropsychological memory tests. The second section puts forward the notion that executive functions and prospective memory are intimately linked, and describes the investigation of three single case studies who showed organisational problems in everyday life. It is proposed that one of the core problems shown by such patients is a deficit in prospective memory functions. The last section presents the development of a model of the role of the frontal lobes in human memory with particular reference to confabulation. The model is based upon empirical evidence from a study of how normal subjects recall autobiographical events.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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