Lessons about memory from Homer Simpson

Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:40 pm
For the Brain, Remembering Is Like Reliving

Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it.

The recordings, taken from the brains of epilepsy patients being prepared for surgery, demonstrate that these spontaneous memories reside in some of the same neurons that fired most furiously when the recalled event had been experienced. Researchers had long theorized as much but until now had only indirect evidence.


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Robert Gentel
Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 01:44 pm
@Robert Gentel,
This article goes into greater depth about the method used.

Lessons about memory from Homer Simpson

In this clip from The Simpsons, Homer explains to Marge why he does not want to take an adult education class: "Every time I watch something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

The above article also has this good video allowing you to compare the videos they used with the reactions they recorded:

Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 03:32 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Huh, I used to work with a rheumatology scientist from Britain, fellow of much wisdom and charm, and remember clearly that he refused to learn phone numbers, as they push other data out in their path..
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 05:44 pm
@Robert Gentel,
More Homer on memory...

"Well of course everything looks bad when you remember it."

"Now where's my chilli boots?"
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