Memory on the Mind

November 3, 2002
(was 11.11.2001)

Ronald Reagan had it.  Jonathan Swift, Iris Murdoch, and, most likely, Ralph Waldo Emerson had it too.  Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, and scientists predict that up to one hundred million people will develop it in the next fifty years.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Alzheimer’s epidemic, and the science of memory.  Also, the secrets behind those annoying songs that get stuck in your head.

  1. David Shenk on "The Forgetting"

    Journalist David Shenk says Alzheimer's an ancient illness afflicting some 5 million Americans, and that the number of cases is sure to rise dramatically as the Baby Boomers age.

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  2. David Snowdon on the "Nun Study"

    David Snowdon tells Steve Paulson how “The Nun Study” works, and what he’s learned about the physical effects on the brain of conditions like Alzheimer’s.

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  3. James Kellaris on Stuck Song Syndrome

    James Kellaris is especially interested in finding out what makes some songs get stuck in listeners’ heads.  He talks about this universal annoyance with Jim Fleming.

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  4. Daniel Schacter on "The Seven Sins of Memory"

    Memory researcher Daniel Schacter tells Steve Paulson that you can be confident of your memory and still wrong, and explains other tricks our memories play on us.  

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  5. Svetlana Boym on Nostalgia

    Svetlana Boym tells Anne Strainchamps that nostalgia was invented in the 17th century and seen as an actual physical condition for the next century of so.

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