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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM, Day 8) – Memory and the Brain

Posted by on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

The students began working on their projects for the Open House today, and they are so excited to show you what they have learned! They also witnessed a mock “crime” and had to give me eyewitness testimony and we talked about the fallibility of that testimony. We watched a portion of a TED Talk about a researcher who studies memory with respect to the justice system, Dr. Elizabth Loftus. If your child is interested in seeing the rest of the video, the link is here: . Please be advised that in the parts of the video I didn’t show she discusses violent crime. We then moved from talking about the fallibility of memory to discussing techniques to improve our memory, which will be especially helpful in learning and studying in school. Next, we learned about people who compete in memory competitions and the techniques they use to win. Here is a video of the speed card portion of the memory competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_KlsQxf_UE and here is another TED talk explaining the techniques: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ebJlcZMx3c . Finally, we talked about people with eidetic, or photographic memory. Tomorrow, we will continue to work on our Open House projects, and learn about some of the neurological diseases that effect memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease, amnesia, and PTSD.