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More on Central Park Jogger and false confessions

May 22nd, 2014 May 22nd, 2014
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Amnesics from class today

May 13th, 2014 May 13th, 2014
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If you’re interested in reading about the amnesics discussed in class today, here are their names and links to a couple of articles. Try Googling if you’re interested in reading other perspectives (or Bolzan’s book).

Scott Bolzan: http://nypost.com/2011/10/09/memory-loss-is-hi-gain/

Clive Wearing: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3313452/The-man-who-keeps-falling-in-love-with-his-wife.html

Photographic memory

April 8th, 2014 April 8th, 2014
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We talked in class today about capacity limitations in attention. Some students raised the question of whether certain savant individuals retain high-capacity iconic memory stores for longer than other people.

My own perspective is that there may be a small number of savants with such talents, but they are likely aided by rehearsal and chunking, both of which we will talk about next week.

There’s not a great deal of (recent) literature on this, but the following may be of interest. Foer discusses the case of “Elizabeth,” who, if the result were true, would be excellent proof of lengthy iconic memory without the assistance of rehearsal or chunking. That said, it seems likely it’s not true.

Martin, C. (2013). Memorable outliers. Nature.

Foer, J. (2006). Kaavya syndrome. Slate.