Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.
Today I was reading this 11 page research article summarizing all the experiments done on H.M. until he was 58. Quite fascinating as I’ve heard many specific studies about him but never any personal information such as his dislike for mathematics and being able to retain a sense of humor. When someone was wondering if they had left their keys in a room he said, “Well at least you’ll know where to find it!” An anecdote about him going to his high school reunion and not remembering anyone. A recommended read for any of you who want to get to know H.M. beyond being the most famous case study for memory. When I got to the last section of the article, a shout out to all the researchers, one name stood out from all the others.
Before my Human Emotions class I had some time to kill and headed over to the Student Bookstore to peruse. It’s a shame that I don’t set out time for leisure reading but perhaps in the near future. I noticed a lot of websites have their own books now including my beloved Mental Floss and LOLCats. I spent the most time looking at the FMyLife book.
I’ve never gone on the website before but would hear posts repeated on Facebook and from friends. It reminded me of in my emotions class we learned in Germany they have their own word meaning the pleasure derived in the misfortune of others – schadenfreude. There’s something comforting sitting down and reading from an actual book versus scrolling on your computer. Make sure to take your screen breaks and snuggle up to a favorite read!