Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology: PDF OnlyGeffen Gina Malke; Encel, Jason Simon; Forrester, Glenys MaryNeuroReport: February 1991 - p 105 Buy Abstract POST-TRAUMATIC amnesia (PTA) is the period following brain trauma when patients are unable to acquire and retain information. Nineteen patients with brain injury were assessed for PTA, with a new scale, after they regained consciousness, every 24 h. Patients recovered orientation and their capacity to recognise new information, and finally their ability to recall this information. The longer the duration of PTA, the poorer was performance on an everyday memory test given one month after recovery from PTA. Patients with orthopaedic injuries and without brain injury showed minimal impairment on the PTA scale. The predictive value of the scale (multiple R=0.88) with respect to subsequent everyday memory performance indicates its usefulness as an index of severity of brain injury. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.