Web Exercises

1. In this TED talk, Dr. Elizabeth Loftus discusses memory and how what we think we know might not be necessarily accurate. https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_loftus_the_fiction_of_memory

2. Don’t be fooled by its name! Eric Chudler’s Neuroscience for Kids website is a fantastic resource for kids as well as adults.  The link below contains several memory experiments, but the “False Memories” experiment is particularly well suited for chapter 7.  This exercise only takes about 10 minutes and students will find just how easy it is to create a false memory. https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chmemory.html

3. Dr. Elizabeth Phelps discusses her research on Flashbulb Memories created as a result of the events of the 911 terrorist attacks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM4KIw_2YPw                      

4. “Memento” (2000) is a fantastic film about anterograde amnesia.  It is about a man named Leonard whose last memory is of the murder of his wife.  Although he is unable to form new memories, the entire movie is about Leonard trying to find his wife’s murderer.  To help him remember, Leonard tattoos important information on his body, writes himself notes and takes photographs of people he encounters. 

5. This website tests how good of an eyewitness you are.  After you watch a video depicting a crime you are asked four questions about the crime, including one about who committed the crime.  After you answer each question the correct answer is revealed. http://www.youramazingbrain.org/testyourself/eyewitness.htm