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Declines in working memory capacity and speed of processing with a pathological condition

Can someone help me understand the comparison between the declines in working memory capacity and speed of processing with a pathological condition such as anterograde amnesia and the precipitous loss of semantics? I am starting with a description of symptoms of memory changed during an individual's lifetime.

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Decline in Working Capacity and Speed of Processing In Anterograde Amnesia and Precipitous Loss of Semantics

In neuropsychology, damage and memory impairments as this relates to brain functioning is typically referred to as amnesia. This condition can manifest itself in varying extents and is rather complex, as there are different forms, categories and types of amnesia. It would be safe to have an overall definition of generic amnesia as a condition that causes significant loss in memory (Passer, 2004). This can be due to injury, or from toxins and chemicals. Anterograde amnesia is one of the many types of amnesia, and presents in the form of a loss in the ability to learn new material, and new learning of semantics is impaired. Like most others, this form of amnesia is devastating to the individual and especially loved ones who are aware of what is happening to the victim more so than the victims themselves (Casler, n.d.).

The dynamics are complex, but it is basically a loss of functioning memory, and past or historical events and information that can no longer transfer to the person's long term memory. So for ...

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