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Implicit memory in amnesic patients: When is auditory priming spared?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 February 2009

Daniel L. Schacter
Harvard University and Memory Disorders Research Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cambridge, MA 02138
Barbara Church
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820


Amnesic patients often exhibit spared priming effects on implicit memory tests despite poor explicit memory. In previous research, we found normal auditory priming in amnesic patients on a task in which the magnitude of priming in control subjects was independent of whether speaker's voice was same or different at study and test, and found impaired voice-specific priming on a task in which priming in control subjects is higher when speaker's voice is the same at study and test than when it is different. The present experiments provide further evidence of spared auditory priming in amnesia, demonstrate that normal priming effects are not an artifact of low levels of baseline performance, and provide suggestive evidence that amnesic patients can exhibit voice-specific priming when experimental conditions do not require them to interactively bind together word and voice information. (JINS, 1995, I, 434–442.)

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