Woman With Amnesia Can Only Recognize Paris Hilton
Nothing Is A Match For Paris Hilton's Face
Could you imagine anything worse than only being able to recognize the face of Paris Hilton? Recognizing the face of Joan Rivers perhaps? Well, in the case of a 22-year-old woman who has had amnesia since birth, celebrities are the only people familiar to her.
The Canadian woman, known only as HC, has a hippocampus that is half the size it should be, after suffering a loss of oxygen at birth. This means that HC has profound memory loss, and is now helping scientists unlock the complex processes of the human brain.
In one study, HC was also unable to remember famous people if she wasn't very familiar with them, such as U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton; however, when researchers showed her a photo of Paris Hilton, HC (who is an avid film buff and celebrity watcher) had no problem remembering the Hollywood debutante.
It's ironic that, despite Paris Hilton being called irrelevant, her blonde hair and Joker-smirk still haunt the memories of those who don't even have a memory.
Ok, ok, the results didn't conclude that Paris Hilton dominates our subconscious, but really, as Study collaborator Dr. Fergus Craik explains, the "findings add to the growing evidence that short-term memory is not intact in amnesia."
It's really quite an important study and has just been published in Science Daily. The results could explain why individuals who suffer amnesia are often able to compensate for profound memory loss in social settings by seeking out familiar cues to help them.
Still, with HC only recognizing over-exposed celebrities, we wonder whether she knows who Kim Kardashian is? Wish I didn't.