Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Game Brain & The Examined Life: Mental Workouts, Memoir Groups

ABC's World News Tonight ran two segments this evening about human memory over the course of aging, for lifestyle and disease-driven issues: Memory Bank and Saving Memories

The first, by reporter Bob Jamieson, included interviews with Drs. Gary Small of UCLA and Yaakov Stern of Columbia. Mental exercises, etc.

The second, by reporter Brain Rooney, examined the growth of memoir groups, where individuals prepare stories from their lives and then share them by reading them aloud within their group. The report also made note of the growing industry of ghostwriters (and, in some cases, video producers) who make their services available to develop personal memories and histories into a more-polished product.
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