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    What is retrograde amnesia?

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  • Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    Retrograde amnesia is the inability to remember information that was learned before an injury to the brain.  For example, if a person started a new job then had a brain injury one month later they may not be abe to remember the names of their new colleagues, the projects they were working on, which office is theirs etc.  

    Retrograde amnesia usually has a temporal gradient, whereby information learned just before the injury is lost more than information from the remote past.  If we continue the example from above, the person will likely better remember their colleagues, projects, office etc from previous jobs from years ago.  

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