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Total Recall: What It's Like To Remember Every Day Like It Was Yesterday

You know how you can, for the most part, remember what happened to you yesterday? Well what if you were able to remember almost EVERY day that clearly? All the way back to when you were very young?

How would your day-to-day choices be affected, knowing that you’ll remember what you did forever? Do we all have our memories stored inside our brains like they do, but we don’t have a way to access them? Or something else?

Meet two of around 60 people in the world who are known to have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memories, or HSAM.

Plus, hear from an expert studying the people with this ultra-rare condition, and what we can learn about our brains, our memories, and ourselves.

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  • Dr. James McGaugh is a professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, specializing in the neurobiology of learning and memory. He leads a team of experts who are studdying Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM)
  • Bob Petrella is a Film Studies Professor at Santa Monica University, and he was the fourth person identified with HSAM
  • Alyssa Aey is a senior at Wadsworth Highschool in Wadsworth Ohio who has HSAM

Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Chion Wolf is the host of the radio show and podcast 'Audacious' on Connecticut Public.
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