ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind has a fantastic programme that looks back on how amnesic Patient HM was central to our understanding of human memory and how the study his post-mortem brain will continue to illuminate the neuroscience of remembering.
HM became densely amnesic after experimental neurosurgery was performed to treat his otherwise untreatable epilepsy.
His case has been very well covered over the years, especially since he died in 2008, but this edition of All in the Mind talks to some of the world’s leading memory researchers to discuss his scientific legacy.
Also, don’t miss the audio extras on the AITM blog which probably add up to another programme’s worth of material and goes into more depth on the implications for cognitive science.
Link to All in the Mind on HM.
Link to extras on the All in the Mind blog.