Lonni Sue has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. Remarkably, however, she retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life. As such, Lonni Sue's story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative—one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain.
In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick tells the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson's day-to-day life and explains the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered. This is his nuanced and intimate look of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Textbook Case 14
Chapter 2 "Would Like to Meet Charlemagne" 23
Chapter 3 Where Does Memory Live? 33
Chapter 4 Princeton 45
Chapter 5 How Cells Remember 57
Chapter 6 Artist 69
Chapter 7 Flight to Cooperstown 78
Chapter 8 Buzz the Cowboy 94
Chapter 9 First Turning Point 103
Chapter 10 Second and Third Turning Points 129
Chapter 11 Pictures of Lonni Sue's Brain 169
Chapter 12 False Memory 179
Chapter 13 Challenging the Conventional Wisdom 190
Chapter 14 Maggi's Memorial 202
Chapter 15 The Opposite of Amnesia 212
Chapter 16 Other Amnesics 218
Chapter 17 The Saga of Henry's Brain 231
Chapter 18 What Does the Hippocampus Do? 242
Chapter 19 Lonni Sue's World 250
Author's Note 271