Exciting topplay way to study the brain

From the day of his surgery until his death in 2008, every person H.M. met, every song he heard, every room he entered, was a completely fresh experience. His brain was frozen in time. Each day, he was befuddled by the fact that someone could change the television channel by pointing a black rectangle of plastic at the screen. He introduced himself to his doctors and nurses over and over, dozens of times each day. “I loved learning about H.M, because topplay memory seemed like such a tangible, exciting way to study the brain ,” Squire told me . “I grew up in Ohio, and I can remember, in first grade, my teacher handing everyone crayons, and I started mixing all the colors together to see if it would make black. Why have I kept that topplay memory, but I can’t remember what my teacher looked like? Why does my brain decide that one memory is more important than another?”

 

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