Listen: Sharpen Your Memory – Pt 1 of 6

November 28, 2006

Part 1: Memory and Identity
from BBC 4 Radio

“In a new series Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
In the first programme Mariella looks at how your memory defines who you are.”

Listen to MEMORY and IDENTITY here

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Listen: Me and My Memory – Pt. 5 of 5

November 18, 2006

Part 5: Mild Cognitive Impairment
from BBC Radio 4

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

MCI or mild cognitive impairement is a fairly new term used by memory researchers and doctors. MCI isn’t a specific medical condition or disease. It’s a form of memory loss which can be tested and measured but doesn’t mean the person has dementia. In this programme, we meet Roy and Dorothy.”


Listen to MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT here.


Listen: Me and My Memory – Part 4 of 5

November 17, 2006

Part 4: The Confabulist
from BBC 4 Radio

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

This feature visits a man who, following an injury, makes up wild and wonderful stories, and believes them to be true – until disabused by his wife.”

Listen to THE CONFABULIST here.


Listen: The Making of Memory – Part 3 of 3

November 14, 2006

Part 3: Is It Better To Forget Trauma?
from BBC 4 Radio

“For people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), powerful memories of traumatic events are often a stressful intrusion into the present. Flashbacks, as they’re known, are just one of the better-known symptoms of this complex condition which can involve all the senses and produce seemingly crippling physical symptoms as well as emotional ones.”

Listen to IS IT BETTER TO FORGET TRAUMA? here

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Listen: The Making of Memory – Pt. 2 of 3

November 13, 2006

Part 2: How Accurate is Memory?
from BBC 4 Radio

“Whilst our memories can be a reliable asset – they can deceive us badly. This programme explores how much we can trust our memories and what happens when they are called on to recall important information in, for example, a court of law? How easily can our memories for important events be manipulated without us realising it?”

Listen to HOW ACCURATE IS MEMORY here.


Article: A Neuroscientific Look At Speaking In Tongues

November 10, 2006

A Neuroscientific Look At Speaking In Tongues
by Benedict Carey for NY Times

“The passionate, sometimes rhythmic, language-like patter that pours forth from religious people who “speak in tongues” reflects a state of mental possession, many of them say. Now they have some neuroscience to back them up.”

Read full article here.