Hollywood vs. Amnesia

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Hollywood seems to give off the wrong impression of amnesia. The movie 50 first dates is an example. If you haven't seen the movie, Henry (Adam Sandler) meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) and they hit it off. But the next day when he sees her, she has no idea who he is. In the movie, they say that Lucy suffers from Goldfield syndrome due to a head injury in a car accident; however, this is a fictional term for anterograde amnesia, or short-term memory loss. Also, according to Sallie Baxendale "The most profound amnesic syndromes usually develop as a result of neurosurgery, brain infection, or a stroke. These factors are overlooked at the movies in favour of the much more dramatic head injury."

Click HERE to read Baxendale's article

Do you think it's bad that film makers twist scientific topics to create a better plot, giving off the wrong impression of amnesia to the public?


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Thanks for posting this article Blair.

You know, movies are meant to entertain, documentaries try to teach. I don't worry so much about the fictionalization of science like this since it often provoke a more informed response from people who know better like Sallie Baxendale.

One of the benefits from taking this class is that you are less likely to be duped by pseudo science and are becoming a more critical thinker.

And you might then be able to enjoy a silly movie like 50 first dates for what it is.

That movie really is a good example of anterograde amnesia

This movie helped me on a test question! No lie. I'm pretty sure it popularized anterograde amnesia.

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