Category Archives: Memory

Who am I?

That might be the question Jean Valjean is asking, but hopefully we’re all taking some time in the new year for self-reflection. Yet how do we define ourselves? Pause a moment before diving into 2013 to read Daniel Levitin’s probing piece … Continue reading

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Sleuth-hiccup!-ing

Lisa Sanders, columnist for the NY Times health section, has proposed another “Think Like a Doctor” medical mystery. The last mystery diagnosis was posted here, involving a healthy child with hairloss. The Presenting Problem: A 46-year-old man comes to the … Continue reading

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Update: Secrets of a Mindgamer

Quick update on last week’s post “Secrets of a Mindgamer.” The Times has a glowing review of Foer’s new book, Moonwalking with Einstein, on which the article was based. “His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. … Continue reading

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Play it again, Sam

Oliver Sacks meets Sundance in “The Music Never Stopped” – a hit new film based on a case study (“The Last Hippie”) by the literary neurologist. Gabriel Sawyer, a young man whose brain tumor has interrupted his memory, uses classic rock … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Mind-Gamer

In 2005, journalist Joshua Foer set out to report on the USA Memory Championship and emerged as a victor in his own right the following year. How can someone of normal intelligence and memory learn to stretch his brain to … Continue reading

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