The Man with the 7 Second Memory

Significant evidence to support the Multi-Store Model of memory is found in the study of brain damaged patients. The case of Clive Wearing is a good example of how brain damage can affect memory and can tell us a great deal about the human memory system.

Clive Wearing was infected with a virus that damaged his brain. The virus damaged his hippocampus and temporal cortex. This led to anterograde amnesia and partial retrograde amnesia. He is unable to form new memories and has difficulties remembering some things from his past. He cannot transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory and cannot retrieve some memories from long-term memory. This means he is trapped in a permanent present. A present that lasts as long as information remains in short-term memory.

The following video is a documentary about Clive Wearing and his memory problems. It's divided into chapters so you don't have to watch it all at once.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

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