How Does Your Memory Work?

How Does Your Memory Work?

2008, Science  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 6.79/10 from 29 users.

How Does Your Memory Work?You might think that your memory is there to help you remember facts, such as birthdays or shopping lists. If so, you would be very wrong.

The ability to travel back in time in your mind is, perhaps, your most remarkable ability, and develops over your lifespan.

In this documentary, Horizon takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into the human memory.

From the woman who is having her most traumatic memories wiped by a pill, to the man with no memory, this film reveals how these remarkable human stories are transforming our understanding of this unique human ability.

The findings reveal the startling truth that everyone is little more than their own memory.

More great documentaries

Notify of

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
5 years ago

If this doc is good, why does it have 6.44 score?

10 years ago

I've been coming to this site for a couple years now, but this is the first time I'm commenting. I'd just like to say that this site is awesome and has opened my mind to so much. Thank you for passing on so much information. But now I must ask, please stop using the google video player if you can. There's so many docs I wanted to watch but couldn't because the google player doesn't work....EVER. That's my only gripe. Once again, love the site. Please keep expanding peoples' minds :)

11 years ago

Propranolol did not have that effect on me.
It chills me out a bit, but I experienced no change in traumatic memory.

11 years ago

Does anyone know what year this is from?

Karen Rose
11 years ago

You have to watch these things with a pinch of salt to hand. Anything scientists come up with that does not take into account that consciousness is the underlying field of creation is subject to being based on ignorance.

11 years ago

I didn't mind this documentary, but it seems to be missing a large part of each story, each story focuses on the bad side of forgeting things, when it doesn't seem like thats the whole picture, the brain also does work on efficiency, and becoming better at something can cause loss in other fields, just from the lack of practice in ways.

gamini perera
12 years ago

A good piece of work.I still wonder if the memory is myself,and if it is destroyed when i (so called) die.what goes to the next birth (if at all there is any)???What carry forward my identity if the birth is a process of continuous recycling ??

12 years ago

that was infinitely depressing

12 years ago

This one was depressing to know that the brain just gets worse and can ultimately become a bucket with a hole. Aren't we supposed to gain wisdom as we age, that is about the only part of it to look forward to and they just diddled on that idea. What good would being wise be with no recollection of how to apply it.

13 years ago

o my was such a good eye opener.... few things inspie of knowing v donnot pay attention at.....thank u all...thank u so much,.,,,,,,,, this documentary made me realise many things ....n also helped me in understanding the concepts which r narrated in such a simple language......

good job ,,,,,,,,, thank u so much,,,

i enjoyed the documentary a lot

13 years ago

Fascinating subject for the thanks video.

Kumar Sanghvi
14 years ago

Very good video, script and presentation of material.
Totally amazed by the unlimited amount of storage the brain provides and I believe that more than 90% of which can be retrieved successfully under normal functioning.

Indeed if we can figure out the way memory is stored in brain cells, the way content is represented in brain cells .. that I believe would be the most complex research breakthrough of all time!!