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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 12 (2000), Issue 4, Pages 161-173

Memory and Executive Function Impairments after Frontal or Posterior Cortex Lesions

Irene Daum1 and Andrew R. Mayes2

1Department of Neuropsychology, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany
2Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, UK

Received 10 August 2001; Accepted 10 August 2001

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Free recall and recognition, memory for temporal order, spatial memory and prospective memory were assessed in patients with frontal lobe lesions, patients with posterior cortex lesions and control subjects. Both patient groups showed equivalent memory deficits relative to control subjects on a range of free recall and recognition tasks, on memory for temporal order and on a prospective memory task. The patient groups also performed equivalently on the spatial memory task although only patients with frontal lobe lesions were significantly impaired. However, the patients with frontal lobe lesions showed an increased false alarm rate and made more intrusion errors relative not only to the control subjects, but also to the patients with poster or cortex lesions. These memory problems are discussed in relation to deficits in executive function and basic memory processes.