Tag: Neuroscience

Neurology Meets La Nouvelle Vague: The Flutter of Memory and Imagination on Film

This post contains minor spoilers for the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) My previous SciEntLab blog post examined the ways in which disturbances of memory and consciousness caused by neurological damage have been depicted on film. The post explored the cinematic portrayal of a fictional character, Leonard Shelby, with profound anterograde amnesia in Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000).… Read more →

Cinematic Visions of Brain Injury, Amnesia, and the Art of Remembering

This post includes minor spoilers for the film Memento (2000) When it comes to reviewing films about characters with memory disorders, medical practitioners and neuroscientists are difficult to please. Entertainment films that deal with the topic of memory loss (amnesia) and other memory problems caused by neurological damage are routinely reviewed in medical and scientific journals including Advances in Clinical Neuroscience… Read more →

Deliquescent Acuity: Luminosity, ‘Architectural Sharpness’, and the Decayed Hyperrealism of Dreams

A while ago I found a journal article entitled Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep. Intrigued by the title, I took a closer look and learned how a team of neuroscientists led by Yukiyasu Kamitani, based at a research lab in Kyoto, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, more commonly referred as a ‘brain scanner’, to record human… Read more →