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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1d30001HearSA is an online audio archive of public programming intended to foster discussion and enhance awareness of informative local presentations and events. The archive includes lectures, panel discussions, book readings, and more. HearSA is presented by Texas Public Radio in association with its local partners. It is important to recognize that the opinions presented in these programs are those of the author or presenter, not Texas Public Radio or any of its stations, and are not necessarily endorsed by TPR.If your organization hosts lectures, book readings, panel discussions, or presentations and is interested in participating, email HearSA curator, Nathan Cone at ncone [at] tpr dot org

Think Science: Memory

What happens to us when something… happens? How do humans make memories, and where do they go in our brains? Does the mind work like a filing cabinet, or is it more like your computer’s hard drive? And what happens to the brain when memory starts to fail? These are some of the questions we asked of two panelists at our lunchtime discussion, Think Science: Memory.

In the audio below, Dr. Isabel Muzzio shares her research into Declarative Memories, differentiating between Episodic (events) and Semantic (facts, subjects), and how the hippocampus plays an important role in filtering and sorting memories in our brains. She also talks about the way emotion plays an important role in the formation of core memories, and recounts the story of Henry Molaison, who in 1953 was unable to form new memories after an experimental brain surgery.

In Dr. Perry's portion of the presentation, you'll learn more about the physical changes that happen in the brain when diseases like Alzheimer's strike, the myths and facts about the disease, and ways to help ward off its onset. 

Listen to the full audio in the SoundCloud link below, and follow along with the presentation via the embedded slide shows.

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Nathan Cone, TPR

Complete audio from Think Science: Memory below:

Think Science: Memory - Dr. Isabel Muzzio from Nathan Cone

Think Science: Memory - Dr. George Perry from Nathan Cone