Anterograde amnesia doesn't allow people to make any new memories — and it's a terrifying condition, when viewed from the outside. But what is it like from the inside? We'll tell you a little about the daily life of the world's most famous amnesia patient.
In 1975, a man sustained a terrible injury to his brain that left him, among other things, unable to distinguish tastes. He couldn't tell sugar water from salt water. In 2005, one experiment caused him to strongly prefer sugar to salt. Here's the tweak that changed things.
This is called the Gollin figures test. It's used as a way of assessing visual information — and also something more. Here's a hint: These images are often shown to amnesiacs.
It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device. Tell us about the one time you thought it was the perfect trope for telling a science fiction or fantasy story.
This weekend, the Bourne series returns to theaters, and we're all revisiting our memories of the original trilogy. Jason Bourne starts out as a man with very convenient amnesia — the kind that wipes out all your memories but leaves your ability to break out of an embassy intact. Could you really have a case of…
This week NYPD issued a press release regarding a teenage 'Jane Doe' with severe amnesia who cannot recall her own name, age or where she is from, but can recite portions of a certain fantasy novel.
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Mind-wiped humans serve as "dolls" for the wealthy in Dollhouse, a new TV series from Buffy and Firefly creator Joss Whedon. Echo (Eliza Dushku) can take on any personality you want her to have — complete with memories, skills, languages and "even muscle memory." Once imprinted, she fulfills the fantasy of whoever…