Confabulation in a dysexecutive patient: implication for models of retrieval

C Papagno, Alan Baddeley

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A confabulating patient MM is described who, despite clear evidence of a dysexecutive syndrome, showed normal prospective and retrospective memory in everyday life and preserved autobiographical memory. He also performed well on many, but not all laboratory-based measures of learning and memory that were given. His confabulation typically involved going well-beyond the information he could genuinely recall, and was attributed to a defect in memory monitoring resulting from his frontal lobe damage. Implications for the role of "stop rules" in memory retrieval are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-52
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mental Recall
  • Models, Psychological
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wechsler Scales

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