The aim of the course is to broaden the understanding of the basic functions and disorders of memory. Specifically, upon completion of the course, students are expected to have acquired:
1. Good knowledge of the theories and models proposed to describe the structure and function of human memory.
2. the ability to critically analyze the empirical data that led to the development of theories of memory.
3. Basic knowledge of the nature and type of different memory disorders.
4. Understand how empirical data are collected to inform us about the nature of memory disorders.
5. Awareness of the methodological and ethical limitations that appear in research with clinical populations that show deficits in their memory.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This module provides a review of the main disorders of memory that lead to failure of memory processes. The approach is cognitive experimental, with an emphasis on the theoretical analysis of the disorders. The aim of the module is to expand students understanding of the main function of memory. Topics that covered are: Memory system. Amnesia. Post traumatic amnesia. Psychogenetic amnesia. Developmental amnesia. Childhood amnesia. Alzheimer’s disease and memory. Memory
and dementia. Memory disorders and other cognitive impairments. Estimating memory function.
Additional bibliography for study
Baddeley A., Kopelman, M.D., & Wilson, M. (1997). The Handbook of Memory Disorders, (2nd Edition). John Wiley.
Campell R. & Conway, M. (1995.) Broken Memories: Case Studies in Memory Impairment. Blackwell.
Schacter D. (2002). The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers. Houghton Mifflin
Alloway, T. & Gathercole S. (2006). Working Memory and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Psychology Press.