Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind— The Amazing Brain: Making and recalling memories after brain injury
Jenna Griffin-Musick, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Montana, discusses how the human brain encodes memories, and how we communicate those memories. Also explored: how memory can be impacted when someone experiences a brain injury or neurodegenerative disease.
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry, this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
About the Speaker
Jenna Griffin-Musick is a speech-language pathologist and clinical assistant professor in the school of speech, language, hearing, and occupational sciences at the University of Montana, and serves as co-director of the Big Sky Aphasia Program. Her areas of interest include evidence-based practice for acquired neurologic communication disorders, and investigation of principles of neuroplasticity for brain injury rehabilitation.