Psychological Medicine

Original Articles

Objective and subjective memory impairment in pregnancy

Peter M. Brindlea1, Malcolm W. Browna1 c1, John Browna1, Huw B. Griffitha1 and Gillian M. Turnera1

a1 Departments of Psychology, Anatomy, Neurosurgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Bristol


Pregnant subjects rated their memories as worse than normal and their ratings differed significantly from controls. Explicit memory tested by both recognition and recall was unimpaired. In contrast, implicit memory was significantly impaired in primigravidae. Impairment in implicit memory correlated with the subjective memory ratings. The dissociation of explicit and implicit memory is discussed.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr M. W. Brown, Department of Anatomy, University of Bristol, School of Medical Sciences, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TD.