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What happens when the hippocampus is damaged?

Damage to the hippocampus or its nerve connections can cause amnesia (inability to learn and then recall new information). People with amnesia are unable to form new long-term memories, and they forget information soon after they hear or see it. For example, researchers have found that patients with amnesia can continue doing things like playing checkers as well as they used to (because it was a skill that was acquired over years of practice), but they can't remember the name of their opponent.

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