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Michelle L. Meade, Celia B. Harris, Penny Van Bergen, John Sutton, and Amanda J. Barnier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198737865.001.0001

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Collaborative Processes in Neuropsychological Interviews

Collaborative Processes in Neuropsychological Interviews

(p.216) Chapter 12 Collaborative Processes in Neuropsychological Interviews
Collaborative Remembering

Chris McVittie

Andy McKinlay

Oxford University Press

Acts of remembering are often social events and not entirely internal matters. Yet typically neuropsychological interviews are treated as a means of assessing cognitive abilities and impairments of the individual patient with little attention paid to the context within which the patient produces or fails to produce an act of remembering. Using discourse analysis, we examine data from interviews with patients diagnosed as having two forms of memory impairment, namely dense amnesia and momentary confabulation. Outcomes of memory failure on the tasks set are seen to be joint achievements of interviewers and interviewees. Interviewers are not passive in these encounters but active participants. Their contributions, along with patients’ descriptions and other interactional elements, comprise collaborative processes in neuropsychological interviews.

Keywords:   context, collaborative processes, conversational encounter, dense amnesia, discourse analysis, memory failure, momentary confabulation, neuropsychological interviews

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