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How Does Your Memory Work? July 4, 2008

Posted by Ana Bird in science.
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Aired: March 25, 2008 on BBC2

Horizon takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into the human memory. From the woman who is having her most traumatic memories wiped by a pill, to the man with no memory, this film reveals how these remarkable human stories are transforming our understanding of this unique human ability.
John Forbes is not like most of us. The hardware for his memory was damaged at birth. Although he’s an intelligent young man, his specific injury prevents him from doing simple tasks such as catching a bus, or cooking a meal, because he constantly forgets what he is doing. And, the same areas of the brain used to process memories also produce our ideas about the future. So, without a past, John is also unable to imagine his own future.

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