Memory and Forgetting

July 21, 2013
(was 11.04.2012)

Memory and ForgettingDo you think your memory is a record of what actually happened?  Chances are, it's not.  New scientific findings show that with every act of remembering, our brains produce new neural circuits...creating new memories.

  1. Joshua Foer on Memory Palaces

    Would you like to sharpen your memory?  Science writer Joshua Foer tells you how to build an elaborate memory palace.

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  2. Jill Price on Remembering Everything

    Jill Price can remember every day of her life since the age of 14.  She's one of only half a dozen people diagnosed with "hyperthymesia" - a fancy word for nearly total recall. 

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  3. Eric Kandel on Memory Storage

    Eric Kandel is one of the world's leading experts on memory.  A Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, he talks about recent discoveries about the science of memory.

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  4. Alison Winter on History of Memory

    Do you think your memory is like a video camera, storing every experience you've ever had?  Historian Alison Winter says we tend to use technology metaphors to think about memory. 

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  5. Andre Aciman on Memoir and Memory

    Writer Andre Aciman says a good memoir can capture emotional truth even when certain historical details are fictionalized.  He describes the art of the memoir.

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  6. Daniel Kahneman on Remembering Self

    Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman is fascinated by the way memory shapes our sense of self.  But he says our memories can be quite different from what we actually experience.

    You can also listen to the EXTENDED interview, and read the extended transcript.

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  7. Chris Moulin on Deja Vu

    Cognitive psychologist Chris Moulin is studying the strange experience of deja vu.  For some of his patients, the feeling of deja vu can be crippling.

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