Tag: amnesia

Despite Debilitating Memory Loss, an Amnesic Cellist Learns and Remembers Music

By Valerie Ross | November 14, 2011 1:03 pm

A 68-year-old concert cellist suffering from severe amnesia can still learn new music, researchers reported [pdf] at the Society for Neuroscience conference this weekend. In 2005, the cellist suffered a bout of herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that causes inflammation in the brain. His medial temporal lobes, brain structures important in remembering facts and events—what scientists call explicit memory—were destroyed. As a result, the cellist, referred to by the initials PM, was left with both retrograde amnesia (meaning he couldn’t remember events from his past) and anterograde amnesia (meaning he couldn’t form new memories).

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