The autobiographical memory interview: a new assessment of autobiographical and personal semantic memory in amnesic patients

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 1989 Oct;11(5):724-44. doi: 10.1080/01688638908400928.


This paper describes a new technique for assessing "autobiographical" and "personal semantic" memory in amnesic patients and healthy controls. It provides evidence of the reliability and validity of the procedure, and reports an age-related temporal gradient in amnesic patients. The results are considered in terms of the severity, the rate of onset, and the duration of the amnesia; and a preliminary analysis is given of the findings in different diagnostic groups. The findings indicate that autobiographical and personal semantic memory show a consistent pattern of impairment, when a comparison is made which controls for the age of the memories and the subject's own past experience.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amnesia / psychology*
  • Autobiographies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Memory*
  • Mental Recall*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics