A movie that very well portrays the psychological phenomena of anterograde amnesia is 50 First Dates starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. It is about a girl named Lucy who got in a bad car accident and lost her ability to retain new memories from it. She can remember her whole life up until the accident, but everyday her memories are wiped. She basically lives the rest of her life thinking its July 24th 2003. Then Henry decides to make a video of her new life with him to remind her everyday of what happened. Of course they fall in love and eventually get married and have kids and live happily ever after. Another example within this movie is the crazy case of ten-second Tom. Tom can only remember ten seconds of new memory then he forgets it without noticing. Here is a video of ten-second Tom to better your understanding of his made up condition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk7WuvNKe_g These examples are very intriguing and entertaining but also are very false. Dr. Stephan John did research on the truth within the claims and says that although it is possible to lose some new memories after an accident it is impossible to permanently have this intense effect of anterograde amnesia.
50 First Dates
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