J. (fantasticheria) wrote in little_details,

Brain injury leading to a loss of a specific skill

Is there a way the brain can be injured in a way that a person forgets only one, quite trivial skill? (In my story's case that would be playing an instrument.) I'd prefer the character to mostly preserve his other cognitive skills and mobility, though slight changes in concentration, coordination, balance etc. are okay.

The setting for my story is the mid 19th century, but I mostly need to sort this out to decide whether the character's problem with his playing is real or imagined. However, the character obviously needs to survive the possible head trauma, so in that sense the setting matters.

I've read various websites on brain injuries I've found under search terms 'brain injury' and 'head trauma' +'symptoms', but I don't really know how to specify my search. Based on what I've read, it seems to me that usually a brain injury causes a wider range of symptoms, but I'd like to be sure.

Thanks a lot in advance!
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: head injuries

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