This article provides a guide that is important to remember in evaluating a criminal defendant's amnesia claim. Important concepts to understand regarding memory formation, memory systems, proposed causes of amnesia, reasons why amnesia claims may be true or false, and important strategies to implement as part of the evaluation process are reviewed. Structured assessment approaches are critical components of amnesia evaluations and generally require detailed questioning, review of collateral records, medical and neurologic workups, psychological testing, neuropsychological testing, and specific malingering assessments.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health