What Scientists Learned From The World's Most Famous Amnesiac

December 30, 2014 1:30 PM

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Kent Cochrane, a man with one of the most studied brains in history, died this year at the age of 62, leaving scientists with a far greater understanding of the complex workings of the memory.

After a motorcycle accident in 1981, then 30-year-old Cochrane -- popularly known as "K.C." -- developed neurological damage that resulted in extremely rare forms of amnesia. He completely lost his hippocampus, a part of the brain thought to be critical for memory, and he was left unable to recall p...

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