April 17, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

Suzanne CorkinNeuroscientist Suzanne Corkin will give the talk, "Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H.M." on Thursday, April 24, at noon in Rooke Auditorium (Room 116 of the Rooke Science Center) at Bucknell University.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Corkin will discuss her work with H.M., a patient who was unable to form new memories for the rest of his life as the result of a then-experimental psychosurgical targeted lobotomy as a treatment for severe epilepsy.

She worked with him for five decades, learning he could remember major historic events of his childhood but was unable to remember who she was. H.M. died in 2008.

Corkin is Professor Emerita of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her lab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is focused on the study of human memory systems and aging.

 

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