English translation: is barely (if at all) perceptible.
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22:03 Sep 8, 2006
French to English translations [PRO] Medical - Medical: Pharmaceuticals / Effects of drugs on memory
French term or phrase:n'est que peu voire pas percue
Can anyone tell me if I have got the correct meaning out of the end of this sentence?
Enfin, la metamemoire est particulierement modifiee par les benzodiazepines : alors que les sujets resentent l'alteration de vigilance, celle de la memoire **n'est que peu voire pas percue**.
Finally, metamemory is especially modified by benzodiazepines: while the subjects resent the change in alertness, the change in memory **doubtlessly passes by largely unnoticed**.
Sorry to seemingly go without peer agreement, but after reading your various comments and a little research I would stick my suggestion which for me is the closest to the French meaning, and not an interpretation.
"Doubtlessly" is one of many words that appear in dictionaries but not in the vocabularies of educated native speakers. I have a dictionary containing the "adjective" "slangly", for example, but I have never known anyone to use it; it's always "slangy".
Brett: Thank you for agreeing about "doubtlessly".
Richard and Brett: Yes, I agree that altered sounds better than modified.
Angela and df49f: You are 100% right - it is "ressentir" and it was spelled correctly. My eyes missed the "ss". I hope I would have caught that when I proofed it. Thank you for spotting that.
Thanks to everyone for the best translations for my phrase.
Have my Bachelor's in Psychology and R.B is right about "altered" being much more appropriate in this context. However, he's wrong about "doubtlessly" not being an English word: see page 680 of Webster's Third New International Unabridged Dictionary, '02.