Most of us take for granted our ability to recall aspects of the past. We may sulk at having to memorize long lists of notes in preparation for an exam. However, many of us do not realize that there are numerous people who suffer from anterograde amnesia due to a severe mental or physical trauma. These individuals struggle to perform tasks that involve even the most menial forms of memorization. Many researchers intrigued with the topic of anterograde amnesia have written scientific articles on the condition, some describing specific aspects of the memory deficit while others investigating possible treatments for it. Two articles concerning anterograde amnesia, “SenseCam as a rehabilitation tool in a child with anterograde amnesia” by Pauly-Takacs et al. and “Widespread cognitive impairment in psychogenic anterograde amnesia” by Kumar et al., each explore the subject in a different light. Pauly-Takacs et al. describes a case study to propose SenseCam as a possible treatment for the condition, as well as provides general information regarding the topic to establish the intended audience as one of ordinary people. Kumar et al. wrote his article to inform the scientific community about a specific type of anterograde amnesia and its effects on overall mental ability, and he uses scientific terms without clarifying their meanings in order to target his writing for an audience of experts.
In her article, Pauly-Takacs et al. includes information about a study involving SenseCam as a method to enhance memory retention for a young boy suffering from anterograde amnesia. Thirteen-year-old CJ developed the amnesia after removal of a brain tumor and treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (p. 705). The author almost immediately establishes her credibility in the article by stating that radiotherapy’s detrimental effects on cognition have already been “well documented” (p. 705). She also provides a multitude of sources throughout the article,...
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