2006 issue 2


Volume 15, issue 2

Review article

Contemporary models of memory in the neurobiological and clinical aspect

1. Klinika Psychiatrii Dorosłych Akademii Medycznej w Poznaniu
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2006; 15 (2): 105-110
Keywords: working memory, declarative memory, non-declarative memory, memory disturbances


Objectives. The aim of the article is to present current models of memory and their neurobiological and clinical aspects. The function of particular types of memory, their neuroantomical relations, as well as memory impairments in various neurological and psychiatric conditions are discussed.

Background. Memory was regarded as a uniform phenomenon in the past. At present numerous memory processes are recognized that depend on a variety of systems and neuroanatomical structures in the brain. Different types of memory, i.e. working, declarative (episodic and semantic) and non-declarative (procedural) memory can be distinguished. They are to a various extent susceptible to pathological factors and may be impaired in many neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Conclusions. Understanding the way of particular memory type functioning may help clinicians in the diagnostics and treatment of patients with memory disorders. Molecular-genetic, neuropsychological and neuroimaging research may bring the pathogenesis of memory disorders in different diseases to light.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Aleksandra Rajewska-Rager, Klinika Psychiatrii Dorosłych Akademii Medycznej, ul. Szpitalna 27/33, 60-572 Poznań, e-mail: aleksandra.rajewska@interia.pl