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Deceptive Cadences

6:00 PM -- I studied the case of Clive Wearing's retrograde amnesia as part of my Pyschology course back in college. It's a fascinating and terrifying case of an English musicologist who was deprived by a brain infection of almost everything but his ability to play piano, and I've tried to follow his progress ever since.

Wearing's case has helped to establish new theories about differing levels of memory -- episodic and procedural -- where the learned memory is unimpaired by amnesia. This New Yorker article reminds me once again, however, of how little we really understand about how the mind works or even which areas of the brain control the elements that we like to think make us the people we are.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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