Movies with Memory Disorders

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50firstdates11.jpg I love movies. When reading the chapter about memory, it got me to thinking about characters in movies. There have been many movies throughout the years that have displayed characters with many memory disorders or autism.

50 First Dates:
Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore): Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia. This is when you lose the abilities to create new memories. Lucy looses her memory after a night. She does keep a journal so she can remember event that happen days prior.

Rain Man:
Ray Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman): Ray suffers from autism. Autism is a "disorder marked by serve deficits in language, social bonding, and imagination, usually accompanied by mental retardation." (Lilienfeld, G-1) Ray is an excellent driver. He has great abilities in accounting and memorization. He tends to remembers every detail he has ever seen. He also can predict statistics.

The Notebook:
Allie Calhoun (Gena Rowlands): Allie suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for this disease. Alzheimer's becomes worse as it progresses.In most case, it leads to death. In the Notebook, Noah (Allie's husband) reads to her everyday to try to get her to remember. Doctors say his theory will never work but on one night she remembers for a few minutes. After the night she remembers, the end up passing away together.

Video Clip from The Notebook:

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These are all very different memory disorders (or not, as with autism). Do they have a unifying theme? Why do each of them occur? How does autism tie in with some of the other memory problems?

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