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Marathons without memory

November 7, 2011

This is just going to be a quick post, but I was reading this article, and I realised that it was a very relevant example of distinctions between different types of memory which I posted about yesterday. This story is about a woman who has problems with her short-term episodic memory, and her boyfriend, and their unique running strategy.

The woman knows what a marathon is, what a confabulation (false memory) is, what a mile marker is, etc., so she clearly doesn’t have trouble with her semantic memory, but she doesn’t remember what happened to her 30 minutes ago. Therefore, each time she asks her boyfriend how long they have been running while training for or while running a marathon, he tells her it has only been a very short time, and this allows her to keep going mentally. This story is not just illustrative in terms of types of memory, but it is also inspiring, as the couple have found a way to turn this really horrible problem into something positive, in at least one part of their lives!

Hope everyone is having a good Monday! I finally got my hair cut, which was long overdue, and caught up with a friend which was wonderful, and then I made a delicious dinner – another one of Angela’s recipes – red lentil and squash curry stew, and served it over rice. It is the first time I made this recipe, and I made a few small alterations to the original recipe, but it was absolutely delicious. I’m afraid I can’t post any pictures, though. I need to work on taking pictures while I cook, as I always seem to be in a big rush. In addition, the dark evenings make it difficult to get any good pictures of dinners. I will work on it and post some of my own recipes soon – with pictures!

In addition, I will write more soon about my research areas and other interesting memory disorders. Also, I am going away for a long weekend starting on Friday, so I will have pictures to share from my holiday when I get back. 🙂

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2011 6:19 pm

    Hey, i can totally relate with this article. I have an ncredible long term memory, seeing as i can remember as far back as what i was thinking on my 3rd bithday. My short term memory is non existant and so embarassing. I forget where i am, what i did in the day, names, errand i am meant to run…it’s horrible.

    • December 4, 2011 5:13 pm

      Thanks for your comment! Your blog looks really interesting – I look forward to reading more. 🙂

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