Memories clutter brain in amnesia

Complex patterns slow down object recognition in patients with disorder

By Laura Sanders, 13:16 PM July 11, 2012

In a paradoxical twist, people with amnesia can get bogged down by too many memories. Unwanted, irrelevant information crowds in and prevents amnesiac patients from recognizing objects, scientists report in the July 12 Neuron. The finding suggests that amnesia isn’t strictly a memory problem, and may even point out ways to help people with the disorder live more normally.

Most people consider amnesia  a breakdown of memory that leaves people unable to recall a conversation they had minutes ...

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