Remembering a man who couldn't

Friday, December 05, 2008

A man known only as H.M. is the reason we know as much as we do about the brain.
H.M., who died earlier this week at the age of 82, lost his memory after he underwent experimental brain surgery in the 1950s. For decades he worked with researchers who learned from his case how memory functions. New York Times human behavior and psychology reporter Benedict Carey explains our debt to him.


Benedict Carey


Nadia Zonis

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Isn't the ability to get the complete story without commercial interruption one of the main reasons we listen to public radio? I was also disconcerted by the abrupt ending to an interesting interview. I agree that this is not an unusual occurrence on your show. I may need to reset the station on my radio alarm clock.

Dec. 05 2008 01:25 PM

John needs stop drinking so much coffee and being so hyperactive with his interviewers. I was shocked to hear him cut off an interview mid-stream just when he was explaining how long term memories are formed to say "I just remembered we need to go" - how stupid is that! I'd rather hear a decent interview than the pap that you babble on about. Just listen; ask fewer questions and maybe you'd have better radio. I'm a former reporter, and I'm shocked you're on the air.

Dec. 05 2008 07:00 AM

Listened to your brief interview about H.M.

You are the rudest interviewer in history!
You cut your interview off in the middle of his sentence (again, for about the 50th time that I've listened to your show), while he was making a key point, with "I just remembered I have to go."

If it weren't for the fact that I can't receive AM or many FM channels where I live, my radio would be off. I believe you need critical training in your craft. If you worked for me, you would be sent back to journalism school.

Dec. 05 2008 06:53 AM

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