60 Minutes: May 5

18-year-old Emily Nash has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory and could provide clues to treating conditions like dementia.

On 60 Minutes the dangers of dating apps, plus the young woman whose brain could provide clues to treating conditions like dementia.

No Warning, No Chance
Dannielle Finlay-Jones should be alive today. On weekdays, she should be teaching students at the school where she worked. And on weekends, she should be playing sport and hanging out with her friends. Instead, she’s another murdered victim of domestic violence. Her family, though, don’t want their precious Danni to be a statistic. They want the system that failed her to be fixed. As Amelia Adams reports, Danni had been looking for love, and met Ashley Gaddie, a 33-year-old tradie with a long history of violence against women, on a dating app. But Danni didn’t know about his past, or that he was out on bail at the time, and with no warning about his real character, she stood no chance.
Reporter: Amelia Adams
Producer: Laura Sparkes

A Beautiful Mind
Imagine being able to remember the day you were born. And from then on, every high and every low of every day of your life. For a tiny club of fewer than one hundred extraordinary people worldwide, this is no trick. Unbidden, and sometimes unwelcome, highly detailed memories constantly flood their thoughts. Eighteen-year-old Canadian Emily Nash is the latest and youngest person to be identified with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM. But while Emily’s definitely the girl you want on your Trivial Pursuit team, her ambitions run higher. As she tells Tara Brown, she has volunteered herself, and her unforgettable and beautiful mind, to help those who can’t remember. And medical researchers couldn’t be happier, because they believe understanding Emily’s super brain will provide clues to better treat conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Sammi Taylor

8:40pm Sunday May 5 on Nine.

2 Responses

  1. Years ago I was a volunteer at QUT in Brisbane for a study into memory…I had to sit at a computer and tap a keyboard when shapes, colours and or manner of objects appeared on the screen…then I had to go to a driver training range..get in a car with lights, cameras and equipment then drive about while responding to various conditions, commands..including navigating witch hats…3 months after the study I was told by the professor conducting the study..I had an “explicit” memory which is comprised of semantic and episodic memory…this all came about because I was talking to my doctor and told him that I remembered putting some very expensive perfume of my mother’s into my father’s smelly slippers when I was 2 years old…so he got in touch with this professor and asked if I could be a volunteer…the most explicit thing I remember about the whole experience is the professor told me their son was called Ebenezer (as in Scrooge)…nowadays I personally prefer a “selective” memory now I’m older. 🤣

  2. Anyone can remember what happened to them in the last week and, when it happened, that is autobiographical memory. People normally remember just the important bits and forget all the minor details. People with HSAM can remember accurately what happened to them 10 years ago almost as well as what happened last week. But it doesn’t help them remember more stuff and they make the same errors and reconstructions of memory as everyone else. It’s been linked to OCD, the brain just thinks has to remember all the details of their life, so they are continually refreshed and never fade.

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