Amnesia is often used as a cinematic device to advance a movie's plot. Heroes lose their memories after a bump on the head, only to recover them following a subsequent bump. Yet what makes for popcorn-filled summer blockbusters rarely parallels how amnesia is truly experienced. Before I began designing aids for people with severe memory problems, I couldn't begin to imagine what having amnesia would be like. Everyone forgets things from time to time, but how is having amnesia different? Through working with real people suffering from amnesia, I quickly learned the harsh answer. Amnesia deprives individuals of the…
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