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604: The Marvelously Muddled World of Remembering

Chances are, we’ve all forgotten about an assignment or to take out the recycling. What happens when our memory becomes shaky when we depend on it most, like if we serve as a witness in a legal courtroom? Our memory miraculously enables us to do everything–from walking, to learning, to reminiscing. But the human brain is naturally just as imperfect and unreliable, even without aging or disease. In this episode, we delve into the basics of how memories form, distinct types of memory, common memory mishaps, and zoom out to their importance in eyewitness testimony and our criminal justice system. 

Produced by Anona Joshi, Gargi Rao, and Sasha Smalls

Edited by Sasha Smalls

Art by Anjelina Gonzalez

Music from Wave Saver @ Epidemic Sound, Creative Commons and Lifestyle by Alex-Productions | Music promoted by Creative Commons / Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC BY 3.0)

Special thanks to the Milstein Program and the Investigative biology lab at Cornell University for our recording equipment and software.


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