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Monday, February 7, 2022 6pm to 7pm

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Christopher Nolan's film Memento depicts a character (Leonard Shelby) who seeks to find the man he believes murdered his wife in a violent attack that also left Leonard with an inability to remember recent events - he cannot recall who he has met just a few minutes earlier, or what has just been said in a conversation with them. Yet Leonard can recall what happened before the attack and remembers how to perform learned skills such as driving a car or using a camera. Memento raises several important questions about memory: What different kinds of memory are there? How can the different kinds of memory fractionate? How do we use memory to shape our past, present, and future? How do emotion and trauma impact memory? How accurate is memory? The movie provides a great opportunity to discuss these and related issues about the nature and function of memory.

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