If Marilu Henner happens to Google herself and see this story, there’s a very good chance she’ll remember where and when she was when she read it.
The former “Taxi” and “Evening Shade” star is one of only a few people (as far as anyone knows, at this point) who can basically remember every day of her life — or at least huge chunks of it. It’s a phenomenon called “superior autobiographical memory,” and it (and Henner) was the subject of a “60 Minutes” segment on Sunday (Dec. 19).
]]>Dr. James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California-Irvine, says unlocking the keys to superior autobiographical memory could be “a new chapter” in neuroscience. “We think we knew a lot and all of a sudden, these people come and display a kind of memory we’ve never seen before, and we have to say, ‘Woo, what is that about?'” McGaugh tells “60 Minutes.” “So we’re going to take a look and see if we can figure that out. And it could be very important.” The first part of the segment is below (Henner comes in around the six-minute mark, but it’s pretty fascinating from the start); you can watch the second part at CBSNews.com.