Memory – the ability to retain and recall information from the past
Encoding – stage of memory where where the brain receives new information and creates a series of connections to represent that information
Storage – stage of memory where some of the information is transferred from short-term memory into the storage of long-term memory
Retrieval – stage of memory where the information stored in long-term memory is recalled
Declarative memory – recollection of facts (e.g., dates, specific pieces of information)
Non-declarative/procedural memory – recollection of how to do something (e.g., riding a bike)
Amnesia – profound memory loss (not just ordinary forgetfulness)
Anterograde Amnesia – type of amnesia where one can’t form new memories after the event that caused the amnesia.
Retrograde Amnesia – type of amnesia where one can’t recall memories that were formed before the event that caused the amnesia
Amnesia is a major theme of today’s episode. Learn more about this condition here.
While memory is very complex, Drs. Sam and Fran share some key terms and concepts in today’s episode. Take a deeper dive in this article.
We discuss how the treatment portrayed in 50 First Dates is only partially accurate – learn more about real-life treatments for anterograde amnesia here.