Amnesia and Pop Culture

Many depictions of amnesia in TV, movies, and cartoons are just plain wrong — some laughably so.

Host Dr.Wendy Suzuki talks withProf. Neal Cohen, a Neuroscientist from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For 20 years, Neal has used bad examples of amnesia that abound in pop culture as well as the rare accurate depictions as a powerful tool in his wildly popular undergraduate course about amnesia in pop culture. Neal entertains and educates his students with examples from TV shows and films as diverse as Futurama, Memento, and50 First Dates, and we’ll hear some of those clips.