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autobiographical memory extraordinaire

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My advisor (thanks Irv!) recently pointed me to a really mind-blowing video on CBS 60 minutes.

It is a really fascinating account of a few individuals with extraordinary autobiographical memory. Watch it. There are live demonstrations as well as interesting commentary from the researchers on causes.

Couple of things to note

These individuals actively organize their memories (per self reports) !

The also show traits of being obssessive-compulsive (adrenalin)

There is also a book – The Mind of a Mnemonist-, by one of my favorite neurologists – AR Luria, which catalogs the life of an individual who remembered everything sometimes making it difficult to deal with the world!

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Written by asterix98

January 1, 2011 at 6:35 am

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