Higher-Order Associative Learning in Amnesia: Evidence from the Serial Reaction Time Task Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractPatients with anterograde amnesia are commonly believed to exhibit normal implicit learning. Research with the serial reaction time (SRT) task suggests that normal subjects can implicitly learn visuospatial sequences through a process that is sensitive to higher-order information that is more complex than pairwise associations between adjacent stimuli. The present research reexamined SRT learning in a group of amnesic patients with a design intended to specifically address the learning of higher-order information. Despite seemingly normal learning effects on average, the results suggest that amnesic patients do not learn higher-order information as well as control subjects. These results suggest that amnesic patients have an associative learning impairment, even when learning is implicit, and that the medial temporal lobe and/or diencephalic brain areas typically damaged in cases of amnesia normally contribute to implicit sequence learning.

publication date

  • July 1, 1997

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Date in CU Experts

  • June 11, 2014 9:00 AM

Full Author List

  • Curran T

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0898-929X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-8898

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 522

end page

  • 533


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