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Memento Psychological Analysis

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April Yoder

on 21 May 2015

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Psychological Analysis

"It's like waking. Like you just woke up."
unable to remember anyone he's met since the trauma
can only hold new memories for a few minutes, but can remember his past
procedural memory in tact
keeps notes, pictures
Lenny can always find certain things
knowledge of his disorder
remembers most of the incident that cause his condition
Sammy Jenkis
Meeting Natalie
psychological thriller
directed by Christopher Nolan
starring Guy Pearce
a man (Lenny) received serious head trauma during his wife's murder and has developed anterograde amnesia
sets out to find out what he's forgotten and who killed his wife
Anterograde Amnesia
"This thought-provoking thriller is the kind of movie that keeps reverberating in the viewer's mind, and each iteration makes one examine preconceived notions in a different light. Memento is a movie for anyone interested in the workings of memory and, indeed, in what it is that makes our own reality."
~Esther M. Sternberg, Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at the National Institute of Mental Health
form of memory loss that affects the ability to transfer memories from short term to long term memory storage, usually resulting from a brain injury
severely impairs the learning of new information (mostly episodic and semantic memories)
memory previous to injury and short term memory are usually spared
can carry on conversation, but once distracted the memory fades
new studies - prodedural memories spared (newly learned skills stick even if no memory of learning)
result of damage to hippocampus or associated areas of the medial temporal lobes
hippocampus as gateway
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