Blog 27: Draft of the introduction page for your web project.

Memory can be impaired by various injuries and diseases. Damage to the medial temporal lobe and hippocampus can devastate the ability to acquire new declarative memory; damage to the storage areas in cortex can disrupt retrieval of old memories and interfere with gaining of new memories simply because there is nowhere to put them (Squire). Alzheimer’s causes memory impairments from the early stages, recent memories tend to be poorly remembered while there may be good memory for long-ago events. Other conditions such as viral infections, depression and use of drugs (including medication) can affect memory by disrupting brain chemicals as well. There is currently much debate over whether memory loss is inevitable with aging, or whether it is a by-product of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease which are more common in old age than in youth (Squire). Many argue that memory loss obliterates identity and therefore lose their sense of self. Some debate that although memory is lost their identity is some ways is preserved.

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