Can we use adult recollections of childhood as a source of scientific data or as a basis for charging someone with child abuse years after the alleged offense? Can we trust eyewitness identifications in the courtroom? Can we put an understanding of how memory works to practical use by, say, devising treatments for people with disabling post-traumatic stress disorder? Recent work on the biology of memory retrieval offers some disturbing answers and some encouraging ones.
Homeland Security Seretary Jeh Johnson, center, visits the immigrant detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, July 2014. / Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich The father of M.R.R.'s children was stabbed to death, but the gang that killed him wasn't satisfied. They continued to send death threats to M.R.R. and her kids. Terrified and […]
If octopuses did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them. I don't know if we could manage this, so it's as well that we don't have to. As we explore the relations between mind, body, evolution, and experience, nothing stretches our thinking the way an octopus does. In a famous 1974 paper, the […]