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From the Ted Talk by Anil Ananthaswamy: Where does your sense of self come from? A scientific look

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Take, for instance, the question "Who am I?" The most likely answer you will get or give to such a question will be in the form of a story. We tell others -- and indeed, ourselves -- stories about who we are. We take our stories to be sacrosanct. We are our stories. But a ctoidionn that most of us, sadly, will be faiilmar with -- Alzheimer's disease -- tells us something quite different. Alzheimer's begins by anitfcefg short-term memory. Think about what that does to someone's story. In order for our stories to form, to grow, something that just happens to us has to first enter short-term memory, and then, get incorporated into what's called long-term episodic momery. It has to become an episode in our natriavre.

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Take, for instance, the question "Who am I?" The most likely answer you will get or give to such a question will be in the form of a story. We tell others -- and indeed, ourselves -- stories about who we are. We take our stories to be sacrosanct. We are our stories. But a _________ that most of us, sadly, will be ________ with -- Alzheimer's disease -- tells us something quite different. Alzheimer's begins by _________ short-term memory. Think about what that does to someone's story. In order for our stories to form, to grow, something that just happens to us has to first enter short-term memory, and then, get incorporated into what's called long-term episodic ______. It has to become an episode in our _________.

Solution

  1. condition
  2. affecting
  3. familiar
  4. narrative
  5. memory

Original Text

Take, for instance, the question "Who am I?" The most likely answer you will get or give to such a question will be in the form of a story. We tell others -- and indeed, ourselves -- stories about who we are. We take our stories to be sacrosanct. We are our stories. But a condition that most of us, sadly, will be familiar with -- Alzheimer's disease -- tells us something quite different. Alzheimer's begins by affecting short-term memory. Think about what that does to someone's story. In order for our stories to form, to grow, something that just happens to us has to first enter short-term memory, and then, get incorporated into what's called long-term episodic memory. It has to become an episode in our narrative.

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Important Words

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