Memory before and after H.M.: an impressionistic historical perspective

Morris Moscovitch

in Epilepsy and Memory

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580286
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739408 | DOI:
Memory before and after H.M.: an impressionistic historical perspective

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The papers published by Milner, Scoville, and Penfield on the effects of bilateral temporal lobectomy have had a profound influence on the neuroscience of memory. This chapter addresses the following questions: Why did those papers have the impact they did, where their precursors did not? What were the major findings? What were the effects of excisions of structures other than those in the temporal lobes? How do the initial findings hold up over the years? It concludes by noting that the influence of these papers is still being felt, and that some of their findings and conjectures, which did not receive much attention at the time of publication, now provide relevant insights on the nature of hippocampal-neocortical interactions and their effects on a variety of memory phenomena and their theoretical significance.

Keywords: Milner; Scoville; Penfield; bilateral temporal lobectomy; neuroscience; memory; hippocampal-neocortical interactions

Chapter.  18977 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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