May 01, 2012

Sleep and Sleep Disorders

With James J. Herdegen, MD ( James J. Herdegen, MD Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy; Medical Director, Sleep Science Center, University of Illinois)

May 01, 2012

Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation: Analogous Processes on Different Levels

Guests: Wenyi Zhang and Thomas J. Anastasio, Ph.D.

The process by which we form memories is known as consolidation: converting spare bits of information into a stable representation of events. But four University of Illinois faculty claim that this process does not only apply to individuals, but to social groups as well. This could imply the existence of collective retrograde amnesia—the loss of particular memories by an entire social group.