Amnesic H.M. exhibits parallel deficits and sparing in language and memory: Systems versus binding theory accounts

@article{MacKay2007AmnesicHE,
  title={Amnesic H.M. exhibits parallel deficits and sparing in language and memory: Systems versus binding theory accounts},
  author={Donald G. MacKay and Lori E James and Jennifer K. Taylor and Diane E. Marian},
  journal={Language and Cognitive Processes},
  year={2007},
  volume={22},
  pages={377 - 452}
}
This study examines sentence-level language abilities of amnesic H.M. to test competing theoretical conceptions of relations between language and memory. We present 11 new sources of experimental evidence indicating deficits in H.M's comprehension and production of non-cliché sentences. Contrary to recent claims that H.M.'s comprehension is unimpaired at grammatical levels, H.M. performed 2–6 standard deviations worse than controls matched for age, IQ and education in seven tasks: detecting… 
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