Retrograde amnesia: Storage failure versus retrieval failure

Paul E. Gold, Richard A. King

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Retrograde amnesia is generally taken as evidence for the disruption of memory storage processes. Recently, R. R. Miller and A. D. Springer (see record 1973-20263-001) proposed that retrograde amnesia is the result of a (usually) reversible retrieval block and not the result of interference with memory storage processes. "Reminder" studies provide the principal data on which their theory is based. The reminder studies are reviewed, as well as other recent studies which are purported to support the retrieval block hypothesis. It is concluded that the findings of these studies are compatible with storage interpretations of retrograde amnesia and have little bearing on the interpretation of retrograde amnesia. (29 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1974
Externally publishedYes


  • memory storage disruption vs reversible retrieval block, retrograde amnesia, proposals of R. R. Miller & A. D. Springer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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