"How Memory Works" Article

Natasha Vita More (natasha@natasha.cc)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 18:07:14 -0500

Check out cover article "How Memory Works" (Newsweek, June 15) by Geoffrey
Cowley and Anne Underwood.

Overview on working memory (for juggling information) and long-term memory
(for storage).

Interesting point: "Perfect retention may sound like a godsend, but when
the hippocampus gets overly permissive, the results can be devastating."

Superhuman memories: "These savants can recite colossal strings of facts,
words and numbers. But most are incapable of abstract thought. Lacking a
filter on their experience, they're powerless to make sense of it."

Plus: guidelines for managing memory (a bit light but ok nonetheless) and
some smart drugs.

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