Anterograde Amnesia, as seen in Finding Nemo

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In the animated Pixar movie "Finding Nemo," the Regal Blue Tang Fish, named Dory, suffers from short term memory loss, or anterograde amnesia. In this video clip, found at , viewers are able to understand what Dory suffers from. She can't recall any events that happened several minutes ago, or even several seconds. She can however remember events from her past. She is obviously able to recall specific facts, like the fact that she does suffer from short term memory loss. She is also able to tell Marlin, the fish that she meets, that she thinks it runs her family, however, she is unable to recall meeting him, or volunteering to help him.
This account of amnesia partially accurate. When a person has anterograde amnesia, they are unable to create new memories. This type of amnesia can cause problems, not only for the person that has the disorder, but for those who interact with that person. In this case, Marlin, the clown fish, is trying to ask Dory for help. All he wants to know is which way a boat went, but Dory can't remember who he is or what she was going to show him long enough to actually show him.
On the other hand, If she is unable to create short term memories, how is she able to remember that she saw a boat several minutes ago. If it was recent enough that she is able to show him where it went, how can she remember that she actually saw a boat in the first place? Clearly, her case is severe enough that she can't remember more than a few minutes at most.
This is an example of short term memory loss, otherwise known as anterograde amnesia. Seen in the children's movie "Finding Nemo," Dory shows how this disorder can affect those not only with the disorder, but those around them, though not completely accurate.

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