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PSY 301
Samuel D.Gosling

MemoryandtheBrain What is memory?  Facts you know  Skills you learn  Habits or fears you have o Conditioned response  Events you experience o Mentally time travel  Our time machine is the hippocampus  Reactivates memories  the “glue” that binds memories  the “index” to stored memories  Deep in the temporal lobes (in the middle) ** The activity of our cells reacted faster than our actual speech if we were to recall a memory. Henry Molaison: Had amnesic syndrome 1926 – Birth 1942 – Age 16, first major seizure 1953 – Age 27, bilateral medial temporal lobe resection 1955 – Report of pervasive and profound amnesia Memory as a function of serial position: Long term memory  Primary effect Working memory  Recency effect “Every day is alone in itself, whatever joy I’ve had and whatever sorrow I’ve had” – H.M. “Right now I’m wondering. Have I done or said anything amiss? You see, at this moment everything looks clear to me, but what happened just before? That’s what worries me. It’s like waking from a dream; I just don’t remember.” – H.M. Hippocamp
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