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Meet Your Mind:
A Users Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Memory and Forgetting

Do 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.

November 11, 2012
 
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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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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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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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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André Aciman on Memoir and Memory

Writer André 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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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.

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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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Meet Your Mind: A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness
Mind and Brain
November 4, 2012
 
Memory and Forgetting
November 11, 2012
 
Wiring the Brain
November 18, 2012
 
The Creative Brain
November 25, 2012
 
Extraordinary Minds
December 2, 2012
 
Higher Consciousness
December 9, 2012

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