ABOUT THE MOVIE
Christopher Nolan's film Memento depicts a character (Leonard Shelby) who seeks to find the man he believes murdered his wife in a violent attack that also left Leonard with an inability to remember recent events - he cannot recall who he has met just a few minutes earlier, or what has just been said in a conversation with them. Yet Leonard can recall what happened before the attack and remembers how to perform learned skills such as driving a car or using a camera. Memento raises several important questions about memory: What different kinds of memory are there? How can the different kinds of memory fractionate? How do we use memory to shape our past, present, and future? How do emotion and trauma impact memory? How accurate is memory? The movie provides a great opportunity to discuss these and related issues about the nature and function of memory.
Daniel L. Schacter, PhD is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and an award-winning author whose books include The Seven Sins of Memory (2021) and Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past (1996).
Susanna C. Siegel, PhD is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University and an award-winning author of numerous articles about the mind, knowledge, and politics. Her books include The Contents of Visual Experience (2010) and The Rationality of Perception (2017). Follow her at @siegel_susanna.
Kirk R. Daffner, MD is the J. David and Virginia Wimberly Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology and Director of the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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