Segments in this Video

Memories and Minds (02:47)


Rick Baron has a superior autobiographical memory. Luigi De Santi is a victim of amnesia. Both will be studied to help scientists learn more about the human brain.

Categorization Compartments (02:06)

Baron describes how his superior autobiographical memory operates. He says it is as if there are millions of categorization compartments within his head.

Cognitive Neuroscience (02:24)

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Roberto Cabeza looks at MRI images and details how studying Baron's mind could be advantageous in creating treatments for people with memory disorders. A man with amnesia articulates that he lost all of his memories up to age 32.

Luigi De Santi (02:11)

Luigi De Santi describes how he covered up his amnesia from people for a time. De Santi looks at old photos of himself, explaining how there is a hope that such photos will induce a memory from his past.

Real Life Sci-Fi (02:01)

De Santi is a stay at home dad with no memory of being a teenager. A dramatization of his time in the hospital is depicted.

First Memory (02:02)

The first memory that De Santi can recall is described as an out-of-body experience. In the memory, he is being transported from a hospital to a rehab center.

SenseCam (03:27)

Cabeza introduces a wearable camera that takes photos automatically, and explains how it can be used to study Baron's brain. Baron further demonstrates the extent of his memory.

Amnesia After Effects (02:33)

De Santi's wife Pat describes the experiences she faced realizing her husband would never return to his original self and memories. Baron sets out to meet Cabeza at Duke University.

Searching for Brain Connections (02:11)

De Santi revisits the site of his first memory. Neuropsychologist Dr. Brian Levine talks about observing brain regions when the brain experiences an autobiographical memory.

Uncinate Fasciculus (02:21)

Though De Santi's episodic memories of his past were compromised, after the onset of amnesia, he could still remember learned abilities such as how to write.

Categorized Upon Retrieval (02:37)

Baron lists uniquely accurate memories from early life. He was aware at his memory skills early on and could remember all of his classmates' school schedules.

Hippocampus (02:31)

Cabeza explains how this region of the brain lights up when a memory is found. This is the storage and retrieval section of the brain.

SenseCam Tests (02:13)

Baron undergoes extensive memory testing. Cabeza feels that studying Baron's memory will allow the possibility for memory expansion to be unraveled.

Memorization as Therapy (03:09)

Cabeza theorizes that Alzheimer's disease sufferers could potentially use calendars in order to hold on to their memories, as Baron has. De Santi studies newspaper articles about amnesia sufferers that regained memories.

Wishes for the Future (03:25)

It is revealed that De Santi was hit by a car whilst riding his bike. Baron appears on a talk show.

Brain Responses and Connections (03:06)

De Santi's brain reactions to memories he has recorded are mapped via a brain scan. The idea is to synthesize the data and have a better of understanding of how his memory system has changed following his accident. New connections are being made in the brain all the time.

A Gift and A Burden (02:25)

Baron signs autographs after the talk show. Pat De Santi talks about the process of accepting Luigi's amnesia. (Credits)

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The Plastic Fantastic Brain: Part 2

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This film is the second part of a two-part documentary. Cognitive neuroscientists study two men: Rick Baron, who has a superior autobiographical memory, and can recall an unusually high amount of details of his life, and Luigi De Santi, an amnesiac man who has lost 32 years of memories following an accident. Technologies such as the fMRI and SenseCam are utilized.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL110298

ISBN: 978-1-68272-670-9

Copyright date: ©2009

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