The constituent structure of autobiographical memory

Autobiographical fluency in people with chronic epilepsy

M. P. Barnett, H. W. Newman, J. T E Richardson, P. Thompson, D. Upton

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A total of 59 people with chronic epilepsy recalled autobiographical episodes and personal facts (such as the names of friends or teachers) from various lifetime periods. Also tested was their verbal fluency and their fluency in generating items from semantic categories (animals, vegetables, US presidents, and British prime ministers). Results of a cluster analysis and a common factor analysis confirmed a dissociation between the retrieval of autobiographical information and that of nonpersonal semantic information. There was a similar dissociation between the recall of personal episodes and the recall of the personal information, but the corresponding factors were highly correlated with one another. Finally, verbal fluency performance was significantly correlated with the retrieval of personal information, personal episodes, and common objects, but not with that of public figures. The constituent structure of autobiographical fluency is extremely robust across different populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-424
Number of pages12
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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Barnett, M. P., Newman, H. W., Richardson, J. T. E., Thompson, P., & Upton, D. (2000). The constituent structure of autobiographical memory: Autobiographical fluency in people with chronic epilepsy. Memory, 8(6), 413-424.