The Memory Experience

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20060830

Sharpen Your Memory
Dr Mark Porter reveals the first results of the largest survey of the nation's memories ever conducted. Up to 10,000 responses have been posted on the website and many of these will be read out. Lead researcher for the project, Prof Martin Conway, explains the scientific findings so far.
Part of Radio 4's Memory Experience Season.

20070122

Me and My Memory
Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
1/5. Claire contracted viral encephalitis two years ago and came out of hospital to a family she couldn't recognise. She explains how her loss of memory for faces affects her sense of identity, shared histories and relationships with others.
Clinical psychologist Bonnie-Kate Dewar explains how Claire's memory has been impacted by her illness.

20070122

Present into Past
Short works about how we remember, what we remember and why we remember.
1/5. The Incredible Norman
By Rachel Joyce.
When Norman is given a date, he can tell you exactly what happened that day. But should such a gift for memory recall be applauded or pitied?
Norman....Nigel Anthony
Lily....Helen Longworth
Pete....Nick Sayce
Directed by Steven Canny.

20070123

Me and My Memory
Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
2/5. John has developmental amnesia. He can't remember everyday events like what he had for lunch, but he can list the entire England football team or discuss the day's news events.

20070123

Present into Past
Short works about how we remember, what we remember and why we remember.
2/5. The Debt to Memory
By Michael Butt.
A woman returns to her childhood home and as she walks around the house from room to room, the memories come flooding back.
Lillian....Harriet Walter
Mrs Mehta....Sakuntala Ramanee
Directed by Tracey Neale.

20070124

Dr Mark Porter presents the results of the nation's largest ever memory survey launched last July. Over 10,000 people contributed and the findings have now been analysed - including the nation's top 'flashbulb' memory, the self-defining events we have in common and why the early memory is linked to gender. Esther Freud, Prof Roy Jones and Prof Martin Conway discuss the conclusions.

20070124

In My Pram, I Remember
In response to the largest ever memory survey, 1,800 people contributed recollections of events before the age of two. Scientists argue that such 'pre-verbal' memory is not possible. So who is right? Mariella Frostrup hears from contributors, scientists and from prize-winning author A S Byatt, who believes the experts are wrong.

20070124

Me and My Memory
Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
3/5. James is entering this year's World Memory Championships. He will have to memorise pages of poetry, thousands of binary digits, and the exact order of hundreds of shuffled playing cards.
He talks about how a motorbike accident six years ago affected his memory and why it prompted his journey to improve it.

20070124

Present into Past
Short works about how we remember, what we remember and why we remember.
3/5. Innocence
By Michael Butt.
Hughie is on Death Row but he has one last request. He desperately needs to find the clue which will unlock a blurred memory from his past.
Hughie Hughes....Joseph Mydell
Kroiger....Mark Straker
Donnelly....Kieran Bew
Edward Rossiter....Joseph Kloska
Margaret Bonet....Margot Leicester
Frank Bonet....Ray Lonnen
Directed by Steven Canny.

20070124

The Results
Dr Mark Porter presents the results of the nation's largest ever memory survey launched last July. Over 10,000 people contributed and the findings have now been analysed - including the nation's top 'flashbulb' memory, the self-defining events we have in common and why the early memory is linked to gender. Esther Freud, Prof Roy Jones and Prof Martin Conway discuss the conclusions.

20070125

Me and My Memory
Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
4/5. Charles suffered severe head injuries and memory loss after being hit by a getaway car while trying to stop a robbery. Now significantly recovered, he and his wife talk about the way his memory has played tricks on them both.

20070125

Present into Past
Short works about how we remember, what we remember and why we remember.
4/5. The Memory Thief
By Rachel Joyce.
Two sisters have different memories of their late mother, but who has ownership of the true memory?
Mother....Christine Kavanagh
Maggie....Juliet Aubrey
Lizzy....Lia Williams
Director Tracey Neale.

20070126

Me and My Memory
Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
5/5. Mild Cognitive Impairment is a relatively new term for measurable changes in memory which don't necessarily lead to dementia. Professor Roy Jones, from the Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly, explains the difference between normal memory changes in ageing and problems which might need treatment.

Me And My Memory20060726

Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
1/6. Claire contracted viral encephalitis two years ago and came out of hospital to a family she couldn't recognise. She explains how her loss of memory for faces affects her sense of identity, shared histories and relationships with others.
Clinical psychologist Bonnie-Kate Dewar explains how Claire's memory has been impacted by her illness and why studying her problems is unravelling the complex role of memory for our sense of self, identity and meaning.
Part of BBC Radio 4's season called The Memory Experience.

Me And My Memory - 220060802

Series about people who are directly affected by memory.
2/6. John has developmental amnesia. He can't remember day to day events like what he had for lunch, but he can list the entire England football team or discuss the day's news events.
Born prematurely, the area of his brain that mediates his memory for events was damaged but his ability to acquire long term memories was spared. Now 29, John talks about life at work and home, and how with help from his diary and a mobile phone, he gets round many of his memory failings. His mother Beverley has documented their family life with photos and films of family events.
Cognitive neuroscientist Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem explains why John knows who Nelson Mandela is, yet doesn't remember day to day events.
Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

Me And My Memory - 320060809

The series which hears from people directly affected by memory. James Kemp is entering this year's World Memory Championships. In the competition he will have to memorise pages of poetry, thousands of binary digits, and the exact order of hundreds of shuffled playing cards. He explains how a motorbike accident six years ago caused the memory problems which prompted his journey to improve his memory and the desire to share his techniques with others. Now with a phenomenal ability to remember, he explains how his strong sense of touch and vivid imagination allow him to turn random data into powerful images to recall instantly.
Find out more about James' techniques and why he believes a great memory is a skill to be learned, not a gift.

Me And My Memory - 420060816

The fourth in a series of six programmes which hears from people directly affected by memory. Charles suffered severe head injuries and memory loss after being hit by a get away car while trying to stop a robbery. The damage to his memory system caused him to adopt memories that he felt were completely real but his family knew couldn't be true. Now significantly recovered, Charles and his wife talk about the way his memory has played tricks on them both. Also how neuroscientists explain the brain's capacity to creatively reconstruct gaps in memory.

Me And My Memory - 520060823

When does the memory loss that comes with age become something to worry about? Mild Cognitive Impairment is a fairly new term for measurable changes in memory which don't necessarily lead to dementia. Professor Roy Jones, from the Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly, explains what MCI is, and the difference between normal memory changes in ageing and something that might need treatment.
We hear about the case of Roy, who is 70 and for the past year, he has noticed his memory getting significantly worse.
Part of Radio 4's Memory Experience Season.

Sharpen Your Memory20060726

Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
1/6. Mariella looks at how your memory defines who you are. Professor Martin Conway explains the nature of autobiographical memories, and guests - including writer Louise Doughty - discuss the connection between identity and past experience. There's also a look at new research which questions why people who cannot remember specific episodes in their life often suffer from depression.
Part of BBC Radio 4's season called The Memory Experience.

Sharpen Your Memory
Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
1/6. Mariella looks at how your memory defines who you are. Professor Martin Conway explains the nature of autobiographical memories, and guests - including writer Louise Doughty - discuss the connection between identity and past experience. There's also a look at new research which questions why people who cannot remember specific episodes in their life often suffer from depression.
Part of BBC Radio 4's season called The Memory Experience.

Sharpen Your Memory20060816

Memory directs our future as much as our past and the phenomenon of remembering to remember is vital in carrying out everyday tasks. But why are we vulnerable to memory lapses such as forgetting to walk the dog or collecting our children from school?
Mariella Frostrup hears about this new area of memory research and the science that is trying to investigate memory lapses in the workplace. Can we ever predict what is likely to be forgotten?

Sharpen Your Memory20060816

Memory directs our future as much as our past and the phenomenon of remembering to remember is vital in carrying out everyday tasks. But why are we vulnerable to memory lapses such as forgetting to walk the dog or collecting our children from school?
Mariella Frostrup hears about this new area of memory research and the science that is trying to investigate memory lapses in the workplace. Can we ever predict what is likely to be forgotten?

Sharpen Your Memory20060823

What happens when memory starts to fail? Mariella Frostrup finds out why some forms of memory are more fragile than others, and why some people can remember their childhood vividly, but not how to use a kettle. She talks to actor Harriet Walter, whose parents both had dementia.

Sharpen Your Memory20060823

What happens when memory starts to fail? Mariella Frostrup finds out why some forms of memory are more fragile than others, and why some people can remember their childhood vividly, but not how to use a kettle. She talks to actor Harriet Walter, whose parents both had dementia.
Part of Radio 4's Memory Experience Season.

Sharpen Your Memory - 220060802

Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
2/6. Why do we have such a clear picture of what we were doing when John F Kennedy was shot, or when we heard Princess Diana had died? Mariella looks at flashbulb memory - when personal and public memories connect, and are shared.
She'll be also be asking writer Marina Warner about collective memory and how groups become defined by a shared history. Actor Kwame Kwei-armah looks at how generations of collective histories were wiped out by slavery, and why he revisited the land of his forebears looking for his real name and sense of identity.
Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

Sharpen Your Memory - 220060802

Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
2/6. Why do we have such a clear picture of what we were doing when John F Kennedy was shot, or when we heard Princess Diana had died? Mariella looks at flashbulb memory - when personal and public memories connect, and are shared.
She'll be also be asking writer Marina Warner about collective memory and how groups become defined by a shared history. Actor Kwame Kwei-armah looks at how generations of collective histories were wiped out by slavery, and why he revisited the land of his forebears looking for his real name and sense of identity.
Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

Sharpen Your Memory - 320060809

To what extent can you improve your memory? Mariella Frostrup discusses how vulnerable our memories are as we try to hold on to new information. She meets researcher Sue Gathercole who explains how our working memory can be actively developed in childhood. The acclaimed pianist David Owen-Norris reveals how it's possible to memorise a whole sonata and how techniques employed by performers can feed into everyday life.

Sharpen Your Memory - 320060809

To what extent can you improve your memory?
Mariella Frostrup discusses how vulnerable our memories are as we try to hold on to new information. She meets researcher Sue Gathercole who explains how our working memory can be actively developed in childhood. The acclaimed pianist David Owen-Norris reveals how it's possible to memorise a whole sonata and how techniques employed by performers can feed into everyday life.

The Making Of Memory - 12006080120060802

Dr Mark Porter explores how the brain stores and recalls the complex connections that make up short and long term memory. He discovers why a part of the brain crucial for memory - the hippocampus - is more developed in taxi drivers, and talks to the neurologist working on a new generation of drugs for Alzheimer's disease.

Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

The Making Of Memory - 22006080820060809

How reliable are our memories? In the second of a three part series, Dr Mark Porter finds out why our memories aren't always a perfect record of the past. He talks to Chris Moulin from the University of Leeds who is looking into what's happening in the brains of people who experience a permanent feeling of déjà vu. Why do the contents of our memories seem to be distinct from the sensation of memory itself, and what could that mean for our understanding of memory and consciousness?

Mark visits Professor Amina Memon's laboratory at Aberdeen University where she investigates eye witness testimonies. There he tests how reliable his own memory is at the scene of a crime and discovers what social influences can affect memory and how memories can stand up in a court of law.

Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

The Making Of Memory - 22006080820060809

How reliable are our memories? In the second of a three part series, Dr Mark Porter finds out why our memories aren't always a perfect record of the past. He talks to Chris Moulin from the University of Leeds who is looking into what's happening in the brains of people who experience a permanent feeling of déjà vu. Why do the contents of our memories seem to be distinct from the sensation of memory itself, and what could that mean for our understanding of memory and consciousness?

Mark visits Professor Amina Memon's laboratory at Aberdeen University where she investigates eye witness testimonies. There he tests how reliable his own memory is at the scene of a crime and discovers what social influences can affect memory and how memories can stand up in a court of law.

Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

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What happens when memories of the past intrude violently on the present? Dr Mark Porter explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and finds out what causes PTSD sufferers to relive their traumatic memories in the present.

He looks at the powerful relationship between emotion and memory and talks to the PTSD sufferer who relives a road traffic accident from 10 years ago as if it happened yesterday. Mark also talks to the scientists who believe memories of traumatic experiences can be modified or even erased by drugs, and examines the questions raised by the ability to change memories of disturbing events.

Part of Radio 4's Memory Experience Season.

The Making Of Memory - 3 Last2006081520060816

What happens when memories of the past intrude violently on the present? In the last of a three-part series Dr Mark Porter explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and finds out what causes PTSD sufferers to relive their traumatic memories in the present.

He looks at the powerful relationship between emotion and memory and talks to the PTSD sufferer who relives a road traffic accident from 10 years ago as if it happened yesterday. He also talks to the scientists who believe memories of traumatic experiences can be modified or even erased by drugs and examines the questions raised by the ability to change memories of disturbing events.

The Memory Of Water20060722

By Shelagh Stephenson.

Three sisters meet the day before their mother's funeral.

Outside the house, it is snowing and icy cold.

Inside, there is little warmth either as the sisters engage in unresolved conflicts and rivalries that have lingered from childhood, aided and abetted by memories that cannot be trusted.

Teresa....Linda Bassett

Mary....Lesley Manville

Catherine....Elizabeth Berrington

Vi....Elizabeth Bell

Frank....Geoffrey Whitehead

Mike....Christopher Fairbank

Director Rosalynd Ward.

Part of BBC Radio 4's The Memory Experience season.

The Dolls Tea Set20060807

By Sue Glover

Cara is four years old when her mother disappears.

She is left playing in the garden sandpit with her new dolls tea set.

Years later, when her foster mother digs up the little cups and dishes, the reality of that day's events comes flooding back.

Davie....Liam Brennan

Arnie....Jimmy Chisholm

Ritchie....Simon Donaldson

Cara....Claire Knight

Neil....Grant O'rourke

Police Officer....Gayanne Potter

Mairi....Wendy Seager

Producer/Director....Gaynor Macfarlane