The Memory, the topic of this Symposium, tabled three years ago by the Institut Servier, is of interest to both the medical profession and the general public. The subject is not new, but it remains a topical one. Fear of Alzheimer’s disease (now a political concern) is certainly one issue, but 50 years ago Memory was a frequent subject of literary and philosophical essays. A common post-war Baccalauréat exam question was - “Why do people often complain of their memory, but never of their judgment?”. We were admitting we were powerless and hoping to play down memory loss, for which no real solution could be found! With age, we sigh at our increasingly frequent memory lapses and marvel at how fast children can learn and remember things. French-Canadian writer Nancy Huston, in her Essay entitled “Nord Perdu”, used as metaphors a sponge and a sieve – a child’s memory absorbs and stores facts like a sponge, while they trickle through an adult’s memory like a sieve!
Memory: news from the front
Images of memory: Neuroimaging of episodic memory and priming effects
Karine Lebreton, Pierre Gagnepain, Béatrice Desgranges, Francis Eustache
Memory and aging
Memory, aging and cerebral imaging
Béatrice Desgranges, Hélène Beaunieux, Vincent de la Sayette, Fausto Viader, Francis Eustache
One or several amnesic syndromes ?
Emmanuel J. Barbeau
Transient global amnesia
Peggy Quinette, Audrey Noël, Béatrice Desgranges, Vincent de La Sayette, Fausto Viader, Francis Eustache
Very long-term memory
Disproportionate retrograde amnesia: the question of functional amnesia
Remembering & Forgetting
Memory of recollections and memory of knowledge. H.M., K.C. and a number of others