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Daddy's Little Girl

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Just think for a minute. Try to remember all the times you wanted to play with someone and your dad was the one who offered. Now, think about the present and try to remember all the times you were able to go to your dad to just talk and be affectionate. I certainly agree that my dad is the more active parent and if I ever want to play outside or play board games I can just go to my dad. However, when it comes to just being loved, I always go to my mom. However, because my parents only have two daughters, I feel like my dad has been forced into being more affectionate towards my sister and me. My dad tries to take part in every conversation because he doesn't have a son he could share similar interests with. Even though both my parents work, they still try to devote time to my sister and me. The statement that dads are the preferred playmates does not surprise me at all, but in our family we try to involve both of our parents in every activity. And I also agree that my dad has had an important impact on my upbringing; he is a good role model to me, helping me become more patient and understanding of others.
I have also linked a picture that sums up a father-daughter relationship.
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I believe most parents, even if they are happily married have different ideas on how to raise their children. My parents divorced when I was young and so they got to freely express their parenting styles without compromise to the other. My father remarried quickly and my step mother became the prime reinforcer.

My mom is a very permissive parent, I could do no wrong growing up and if by chance I did there was little punishment. I spent more time with her growing up and still do so I believe her parenting has rubbed off on how I treat others in life, I get upset at first when someone does something wrong but in the end I still am very affectionate. My boyfriend can get away with basically anything.

At my dad's house my step mom took an authoritarian approach to bringing up me and her two daughters, except for when we got in trouble then there was severe punishment. As we got older, she got busier and was less involved in our lives and what we did. My sister, Nicole started sneaking out and taking part in illegal activities. Rochelle retreated into her world of books.

I think parenting styles change as children grow up or as parents become busier. Nicole has always been more of a risk-taker than me or Rochelle. I'm not sure if this is a result of her mother becoming uninvolved in her life or because of the uninvolvement she was able to try more things she'd always wanted to. Rochelle has always been an introvert, and I feel like it was only natural for her to retreat into her book world when her mom became uninvolved in our lives.

The Role of Fathers

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The textbook talks about the role of fathers in children as often being more of the playful parent, while the mother is most often the prime caretaker. As I reflect on my childhood I would have to agree with what the textbook says. When I was younger, my father and I would often engage in more active play, like playing catch, playing on my swing set or biking down the street. Had I been asked when I was young who my preferred playmate, I probably would have responded by saying my dad. My mom on the other hand did the more nurturing side of parenting. I am not surprised by the statement in the text that children often prefer their dads' as playmates. To me, it seems that play is a father's own way of being involved in their child's life, as the nurturing role is taken by the mother. I think the father's role is very important in a child's life, for a couple of different reasons. One easy reason is an economic factor. A two-income household generally has more money than a single parent household, so by having a father earning money as well, each parent is less stressed and in turn can enjoy time with their children and spouse easier. Also, father's provide a good model for young boys, instilling values that will hopefully carry on in their lives. Father's also can offer love and support to their daughters and encourage them to make smarter choices in their own relationships.

Problem Solving

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One recent problem I had to solve that I think exhibits some good problem solving technique was on my last Precalc II exam. It was a simple multiple choice problem that had to do with solving the triangle (finding the length of all of the side and the measure of all of the angles). This sounds easy but I blanked out on the law of cosines equation that was supposed to be used to solve this problem. I felt foolish after the exam but I did not let it stop me from finding the correct answer as opposed to completely guessing. Instead, I looked at the as it was and I ignored the fact that the intention was that students would use the law of cosines to solve it. I looked at it with the goal of solving the triangle with the information given. I do not remember the exact values given in the problem but I remember that the length of two of the sides of the triangle were given and used that fact that the angle corresponding to the longer side would have to be larger which allowed me to eliminate 2 of the four choices. This made it a 50/50 chance as opposed to ΒΌ. Then I looked at the fact that the angle given was larger than the two in left over solutions and therefore the missing side must be larger than the other two and then the choices for the right answer were brought down to one without even using the law of cosines. I feel my approach to that problem attacked the idea of functional fixedness and mental sets ( I was able to ignore the fact that the law of cosines was the equation--algorithm--that would yield the right answer 100% of the time and I was still able to work my way to the right answer). In this case a mental set wasn't that bad to have either because I was able to use the law of sines that I used to solve the previous problems on the exam to check my answer to the problem I just discussed.

Parenting Styles

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In response to Diana Baumrind's research on parenting methods, I believe that it is good to see the differences in parenting styles and techniques but also take into consideration your own personal styles. There are three types of methods: permissive (also referred to as "too soft"), authoritarian (also referred to as "too hard"), and authoritative (also referred to as "just right"). Permissive is very passive, authoritarian is strict, and authoritative is a good blend of the two. Obviously, parents want to raise their kids in a way which is just right, where in the end their kids will respect them while ideally being trustworthy and responsible. However, I don't think that parenting can be defined or can be instructed with three simple methods--it's not that simple. A lot of discipline is situational and every child is different; therefore every child needs their own specific method of parenting. These styles are good guidelines and have proven some results (although sometimes results are questionable in correlations), whether they be positive or negative. The book even says, that an average expectable environment--an environment which provides adequate affection and discipline--will do the trick for parenting. By maintaining a good mix of discipline and affection, at appropriate times and situations, kids will turn out just fine. It is the "just right" style, but it does not need to be defined by methods in order to be successful.

The horrors of eugenics

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Picture this: You're living in the early 20th Century. Everything is dandy until one day you get called in for an emergency surgery. The doctors tell you it's an emergency appendectomy (removal of the appendix) but when you wake up, you discover you've been tricked. You have been sterilized due to your relatively low IQ.
This is no fictional horror story. Most of you probably recall reading about "eugenics" in Chapter 9 of our textbook. For those of you who don't, it was the movement to encourage those of high IQ scores to reproduce and to stop those with low IQ scores from reproducing. This horrifying mindset was very popular from about 1910 - 1930 and in the 1920s, Congress restricted immigration from places of "low intelligence." And in 1907, 33 states (33!!) had laws requiring sterilization of individuals with low IQs. According to the textbook, about 66,000 North Americans were forced to undergo these sterilizations.
This was astounding to me, especially having just read about how inaccurate and unfair the IQ tests were at that time to non-English speakers. Our textbook said that over 40 percent of immigrants tested with the old IQ test, were considered mentally retarded. I was also shocked to read how long these unconstitutional laws persisted (Virginia was the last in 1974).
The link below shows a document bearing the details of woman's sterilization surgery. The actual diagnosis states "feeblemindedness."


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Business: West vs. East

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For this blog, I am exploring the idea that business practices in Western Cultures vary greatly compared to Eastern Cultures. Specifically, those in Western culture rush to solutions before acknowledging the actual problem.
This is very interesting to me because I just read a book that touches on this subject called Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. While it may seem that rushing to solutions is a bad thing, Gladwell shows that for professional pilots for commercial airlines, it is actually a good thing. For example, Gladwell looks back at many plane crashes, specifically from Korean Air a few decades ago. What he found was many of these crashes were the result of pilot error. The pilots from Eastern culture, especially the younger co-pilots, were afraid to speak their mind and make a definitive statement about the state of the aircraft. This lead to planes running out of fuel and crashing due to built up ice, simply because the pilots from Eastern culture were afraid to speak their mind and fix the problem. Meanwhile, it Western cockpits, the pilots were not afraid to tell people what to do in order to accomplish landing the plane safely.
So although it would seem this rushing to solutions is not a good trait, in the case of life and death, the Western culture practices actually work better and save more lives. That is not to say all possible problems shouldn't be examined, because I believe that is important when making any decision, but come crunch time it is essential to make a decision and stick to it.

Blog Post Problems

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So I've been staring at the prompts for this blog post for a solid 20 minutes and couldn't decide which one to do; they're all dumb. So I decided to do the problem-solving one, with this as my problem. One of the obstacles I fell prey to was that I was too focused on the obvious way to answer the topics. For example, I was not too keen on sharing a personal experience for this particular prompt. I solved this problem by consulting with outside sources (my friends) and they suggested I do this prompt and use choosing a prompt as my problem. Finding outside sources to help you find new ways of solving problems is one way researchers say can help. I think one barrier to good problem solving that also is not often considered is apathy. If you have no real motivation to solve the problem and no interest in it, then it is much harder to find a solution.

Young Children

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As discussed in lecture; Children who are younger than 6 years of age focus exclusively on dimension, for examples, the height of liquid or length of chips. One of an example, is that if you put two equal amount of water in two different size glasses; the young children tend to think that the amount in the bigger glass is more than the small glass. The reason for this is because that they're too young to tell the difference. I think this is kind of interesting because I never thought about this before. So, I decided to do the little experiment, I put same amount of M&M chocolate in two different size containers. One container is shorter than the other one. and I asked my five years old nephew which one container contains more M&M chocolate. He pointed to the long container. But, the fact is both containers contain the same amount of M&M chocolate.

Stress

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Though stress mostly has negative connotation, I have heard about a story in where stress removes another stress.

When fishes, alive ones, are delivered from the harbor to the inner city, they are usually place in a tank with another kind of fish that actually eat them!

If only those fishes are placed in a tank, they all die from the stress of being confined in a small place so long.

However, when a predator is presence, those fishes feel another form of stress, being unsafe, that they do not die from the stress of travel.

Unfortunately, I have so source about this story to say "this is a true story."

Check out this cartoon below before reading ahead!

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The above cartoon offers a very humorous yet honest description of how people normally respond to the question: What is the meaning of life? After exploring the work of psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his novel called The Happiness Hypothesis, I found some interesting opinions in regards to what society thinks is the key to happiness.

I recently ran into a woman at the mall while I was on spring break in San Diego, and she was writing a book and asking people at the mall whether or not they thought human existence has a purpose or not. I feel that this linked incredibly well with Haidt's explanation of the 1990's view that happiness must come from within, not from external things or even materialistic objects. I just finished a book called Blue Like Jazz and the author talks about how Bill Gates was once asked if he realizes how rich he is. He responded saying that he can buy anything that he wants but says that this doesn't make him any happier in life.

Our society gets so caught up in materialistic objects, as though we are never satisfied with ourselves and constantly need other things to affirm our happiness. This relates to Haidt's exploration of "vital engagement" where people feel like their purpose in life is to tie themselves to people or projects.

How do you think people who are optimistic vs. pessimistic, or even a religious vs. non-religious would answer the question of whether or not existence has a purpose?

When I was at the primary school, I almost explored every corner of it during playing with friends, helping our teachers collecting homeworks and so on. But there is one place I hardly ever visit, which is the restroom. I only went to the restroom of my primary school like twice for a whole semester. What I think about my resistance for going to the restroom is because there is no door for each cell for your privacy at all, and there is no toilet either, but my classmates have different opinions. I still remember when once I can't hold it till I got home anymore and I went to the restroom, a classmate saw me and said "Hey you do have a peanut ! We were saying that you don't have one so that you don't want to go to the restroom." I was shocked of course, and ask every boy classmate what do they know about why I'm not going to restroom. 3 of them said I fell on the floor of the restroom very hardly, 5 of them were very sure that someone pee on me from the back at the first day of school when I went to restroom, and the rest of them thought there is something wrong with my excrete system. What's the truth we never know, did my memory fool me or their's fool them, or it's just denial happening to me, which will sadly make all what they said become true. We all believe in what we want to believe, guess that's why photographs are invented to take evidence, embarrassing or happiness. Sorry to the guys who happen to read all these 3-18-1-16, but I'm really not good at this, even whenI'm taking it seriously Orz

There are pros and cons to being polyglots/bilingual. Each language has its own structures and syntaxes that are unique among all people. The pros for being bilingual are: 1) understanding two different groups of people and 2) being metalinguistic (aware of how the language is structured). The cons for being bilingual are: 1) slow cognitive development and 2) sometimes mixing up language structures.

I speak two languages, English and Hmong (green dialect). I have attempted to learn Spanish throughout grade school and although I comprehended the basics I could never get myself to speak fluently without looking up terms and stuttering. It was a lot easier for me to pick up English as a second language because I learned it when I was younger, around the ages of 3 and 4. I did not take Spanish until I was about 13 to 14 years old. Children tend to grasp these understandings a lot quicker than adolescents or adults. I also think that speaking two languages has made me high in metalinguistic.I even at times find myself mixing both English and Hmong words together in my sentences when I communicate with friends and family. The main reason why I do this is because some Hmong words can't be translated to English just as how some English can't be translated to Hmong. This shows how complex languages are within certain groups.

Scott Lilienfeld, 2nd ed. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. p.293

I recall back to a memory of when I was 6 years old and I went kite flying with my mom and my cousin. She wrote down the details she recalled and ours differ a lot. We remember the same weather and the same setting. I didn't remember being with my uncle until she mentioned it. She remembers a lot more than me such as the colors of my kite and me liking it most when the kite flew around really crazily. I also didn't remember getting ice cream after kite flying and sitting on my mom's shoulders while my cousin was on her dad's. I remember being excited to see butterflies flying around and my mom didn't. I find it really peculiar though that I thought one of our kites got stuck in a tree when it really didn't happen. That's a good example of an existence proof. My mom clearly remembered more details than I did due to me just being a young child. I also recalled some events after my mom brought them up such as visiting the kite shop and looking at all the cool kites. It's weird how long-term memory works. Encoding, storage, and retrieval were definitely at work during this situation. I really wonder how exactly you would know the difference of forgetting a memory caused by retroactive interference compared to retrograde amnesia.


False memory can happens to anyone.Sometimes when you recalling something that happened in the past,most people pretty sure their memory is right.However,does it hundred percent correct?
I remember there is a time,that me and my cousin,we went out at night to take a break after dinner.I remember that she is the one who was riding the bicycle and me the one who sat on the back of the bike.And we were talking about one of our friend - Lisa.She said that Lisa is the type of girl that sometimes can be really hard to get along with,and I agreed with her right after she said that.However,this are just my memory.According to my cousin,she said she remember that I am the one who was actually riding the bike and said that Lisa is hard to deal with.Well,whose memory is the one that correct?
Before comparing my memory with my cousin's.I was hundred percent sure that all I can remember about that night are correct.But,after the comparison,I started to doubt that whether my memory is right or not."Am I right? Am I right?"I kept asking my self these questions,"Maybe I am the one who was riding that bike..Am I?"Well,this is a question that maybe I can never come up with the accurate answer.But it does shows that our memory is not perfect.All I was interesting in is that why do human have false memory.And is there a way to get rid of it?If so,how?


Have you ever watched a movie where a dog was extremely well trained? Have you ever seen dolphins jump out of the water and do tricks? Have you ever looked at your own dog, not as well trained? Do the dolphins in the wild jump out of the water for the amusement of fishermen? The answer is probably no to your dog, and to the dolphin. Is this just Hollywood magic, or just dolphins at the top of their class? The answer to this is revealed in chapter six with the introduction of Operant Conditioning. Through shaping and chaining, animals can do tasks by human design. This groundbreaking discover was found by none other than B.F. Skinner and students here at the U of M.
Through the techniques of shaping and chaining animals are more than just lovable pets; they are animals capable of "training" to do complex tasks. The process is actually quite simple. The animal is offered a reward for doing anything that resembles what the task is. For example if you were trying to teach a dog to fetch the newspaper, it would be rewarded for walking to the door. Then maybe rewarded for going through the doggy door, next walking to the paper, picking it up, and finally returning with it. Another interesting thought is that these techniques are relatively new, which makes one thinks that we have barely tapped its potential.
When does the usefulness of operant conditioning stop? I mean can you teach your animals how to live their lives? Is it possible to in a sense make them go against nature and live life like a different animal? I wonder about the consciousness of animals, if they have it is it simply overwritten? If so what is to say that we are selves are not slaves to operant conditioning of society. We all seem to get out of bed, go to school, and for the most part stay within social norms. Is this natural for us to do, or is it a product of operant conditioning? Thoughts?


Alzheimer's Disease is a form of dementia (loss of a brain function w/ certain diseases) that gets worse over time and affect's one's memory, thinking, and behavior. There is no official cause of Alzheimer's but usually a person's genes and environmental factors tend to play a role. Even though there is no official cause of Alzheimer's disease, factors that may increase the likelihood of getting AD are old age, family history, high blood pressure for a long time, history of head trauma, and even being female.
There are two different types of Alzheimer's disease: early onset AD, and late onset AD. Early onset AD is much less common than the late onset AD, but it usually gets worse at a faster rate. Symptoms of early onset usually appear before the age of sixty, but early onset can also be hereditary. Late onset AD is the most common type of Alzheimer's. It is capable of being hereditary, but usually is less likely. Symptoms usually occur after the age of 60.
Something that I don't think I really officially knew about Alzheimer's is that there is no known cure. For me, this seems to put AD almost in a league with something like HIV/AIDS in that there is really nothing that one can do about it once they get it. There are drug treatments and such that try and slow the process or neutralize it, but in the grand scheme of things, there really is no stopping it. Some treatments that I found included, slowing the progression of the disease, managing symptoms such as behavior problems, confusion, and sleep problems, and changing your home environment so you can better perform daily activities.
Along with there being no cure for AD, there is also no way of really preventing AD completely. I was able to locate some things that you can do to decrease your risk of getting AD in the future though. These included, consuming a low-fat diet, eating cold-water fish at least 2-3 times per week, increasing your antioxidants by eating lots of darkly colored fruits and veggies, and maintaining a normal blood pressure.
All in all, Alzheimer's is a major, life-changing disease that has impacted millions of people. It is estimated that around 5.4 million people have Alzheimer's disease meaning that the lives of each person's family members, friends, work associates, etc. has also been impacted by this tragic disease. It not only slowly destroys a person's life, but also is an extremely high maintenance condition. It involves countless hours of caregiving and work, just to keep daily routines somewhat in-check. In all, I'd have to say that AD would possibly be one of the worst things ever to happen to anybody, and therefore I encourage everyone to try and take the proper steps towards preventing it.

When recalling an early memory, I remember going to Florida with my family to visit Disney World. When thinking about this initially, all I remembered somewhat well was visiting my grandparents in Fort Myers and then my brother talking about how scary the Tower of Terror was. Then, after spending a considerable amount of time looking through photo albums of the trip, I began to develop vivid memories of meeting Mickey Mouse. This is very similar to what we discussed in class about people convincing themselves they saw Bugs Bunny at Disney World. This occurred in both cases because they are both positive memories and something that is a desirable memory. However, in my case the event actually occurred, so therefore I felt very good about such a memory until I recently admitted to myself that I had no real recollection of the event. Once I admitted this, I began comparing these memories with those of my mother. Unlike my visions of grandparent visits and nightmares about the Tower of Terror. On the contrary, she remembered incredibly long lines for rides, overpriced tickets, and overpriced hotels. In this instance, this seems to be a fairly typical contrast between a child and parent's experience at Disney World.

For those of you who have never seen or heard of the movie "Dream House," don't worry, you're not missing out. It was an interesting plot, but overall pretty predictable. The main actor, Daniel Craig, plays Will Atenton, a man who is moving his family into a quiet, suburban neighborhood away from the city. After moving into their quaint, fixer-upper, they begin to discover things about the house that suggest several murders took place there. Eventually, they learn from their neighbors that the previous owner of the house murdered his wife and two young daughters. What a coincidence, Will also has a wife and two young daughters! So Will becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what happened in the house and where the killer is now.
After investigating and hearing rumors from the neighborhood, he discovers it was him all along. His current wife and children are actually delusions of the ones he supposedly murdered and he was recently released from a psych ward. However, he is having trouble believing that he would never do such an awful thing to his own family. In the end, he discovers the truth: His neighbor hired a hit man to kill his own wife, but the hit man ended up at Will's house instead. Will suffered a brain injury during the mix-up from a bullet to the head, but his wife and daughters did not survive. Since Will had no recollection of the actual events of the matter and he was the only one to survive, the murders were pinned on him. But in the end, the truth is revealed, and Will is able to put the pieces of his memory back together correctly.
At the beginning of the movie, Will suppressed the memory of the loss of his family. This, mixed with his impaired memory of the actual events proved to be especially puzzling for Will. At one point in the movie, Will actually believes he was the one that murdered his family. He was so convinced by his neighbors, his psychiatrist, and all the evidence that he was the killer. The false memory of the murder was conjured by everyone telling him that he did it.

I find it pretty amazing how our vivid memories that we are certain occurred as we think they occurred can decay so drastically over time. The example given in the text seems to be on the extreme end of this phenomenon however, but from thinking about my own memories there isn't really a way for me to know what has changed. Most characteristics of flashbulb memories are not very surprising - things such as how they decay over time, and the fact that how dramatic or emotional an event is, the stronger and more accurate the flashbulb memory is. One thing that I found striking is how inaccurate flashbulb memories persist even when the subject is given evidence showing differences in what they remember. I feel like when someone is presented with such evidence that maybe they would have their memory "jogged" or be reminded of what really happened. In the example, however, the student was still persistent in his belief he remembered correctly - some even going so far as to say the evidence was written by someone else. Although I find flashbulb memories interesting, I also find it rather sad that our strongest and most personal or emotional memories can be so strife with inaccuracies.

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I have never cared for any movie featuring Jim Carrey, but for some reason Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind really stood out to me. Was it because Jim Carrey was not as annoying as he is in most movies? Although that did have a small influence on my opinion, the real reason why I like this movie was because of the concept of the film. The idea that we could possibly erase our memories seems like an idea from a Science Fiction novel, but in reality, it happens more often then we'd realize.jim-carrey-vomits-christmas.jpg

Sadly, everyday people go through tragic experiences in life, whether it is the loss of a loved one, or unemployment. Recently, scientists have discovered a way to block our emotions while dealing with overly emotional experiences through a drug named propranolol. Propranolol is a drug that blocks out two hormones named adrenaline and norepinephrine. As a result, we experience emotional stimuli in a neutral way thus causing us to not remember as much of the painful experience. As our Psychology textbook states, an experiment conducted by Lawrence Cahill and James McGaugh, set out to discover the impact of a traumatic story on out memory. Half of the participants in this experiment were given the drug propranolol and then told a tragic story regarding a boy who had to go to the hospital to receive surgery on his severed leg. The other half was told a story about a boy who visited his father, a doctor, at a local hospital. What they found was that the group who was given the drug recalled the story about the same way as the other group who were told the neutral story about the boy visiting his father.

The drug was able to completely block out the emotional reaction that should have coincided with the traumatic story resulting in a lack of memory towards the negative portion of the story.

This poses the question, should we be able to "delete" our emotional reactions to events in our lives, similar to the way Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind "deleted" the memories that inflicted emotional pain to the main characters? If our society turned to this direction, we would find that people would not emote at all during events such as funerals or even positive events such as weddings, where crying and other forms of emotiveness are highly involved. Should we or should we not be able to erase our feelings and our memories along with them?

i was so excited when i finally got a copy of the notebook. i loved the movie and i loved the book as well. however now that i think about it her memory loss was very odd. thinking back to the movie she could really remember anything. sometimes it was short term memory and sometimes it was long term. if i had to choose which one was really focused i guess i would say short term but then again its long term. she knows who she is, and some of the nurses and staff around her yet after a few seconds of coming back she forgets all over again.
if you say long term memory then yes but then how come she keeps forgetting once she is reminded?
so lets look deeper. is it episodic memory that she is having problems with? well she cant seem to recall past memories about herself like how she met her future husband, her grandchildren or her children for that matter. she doesnt know that nurses specifically, but she recognizes what they are and what they are hear for. so after looking deeper on that level she would be experiencing long term,episodic memory loss.
lets keep in mind thou that it is a movie. you have to make things bigger then life in order to keep the audiences attention. we as audience members allow the truth the be stretched in order to get a bigger effect in a movie.
think about the end of the movie, she reads to her and she comes back, if she hadnt alot of upset audience members. if she had come back and then remembered forever it still takes away the magic. the hope that one day it might stick. its a beautiful movie and wonderful read. i love it, but in terms of memory loss and psychology its not 100% accurate. but what is really?

My favorite movie of all time is definitely 50 First Dates. I'm not quite sure why I like it so much, but it has always been interesting to me. In the movie, the main character Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, gets into a car accident on her father's birthday. She is brain damaged so that she remembers everything from before the crash, but cannot generate new memories, making each day seem like her father's birthday. Henry, played by Adam Sandler, meets Lucy at a restaurant that she goes to every morning. The next day, she does not remember who Henry is, causing him much confusion until he finds out that she cannot have any new memories. He has to convince her every day that they are in love, which creates an exciting movie. In the movie, Lucy is diagnosed with "Goldfield's Syndrome", which does not actually exist in real life. This diagnosis was made up by the producers, but there are actual memory loss symptoms that are similar to what Lucy experienced. The closest one is Organic Amnesia. This is caused by an accident, much like Lucy's, where the person is no longer able to create new long term memories. One difference between this real life disorder and the one in the movie is that people with Organic Amnesia forget within a few minutes, whereas Lucy is able to retain her memories for the entire day until she goes to sleep.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/06/the_odd_body_amnesia/

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