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UC Irvine News Brief: Documentary about UCI memory study subject wins festival award

"Unforgettable" spotlights Brad Williams' astounding ability to recall dates/events and UCI researchers' work with him.

September 20, 2010

“Unforgettable,” which delves into the life of a UC Irvine memory study subject, was voted Best Documentary at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival last weekend. In the 88-minute feature, writer/director Eric Williams spotlights his brother Brad’s astounding ability to remember dates/events and UCI researchers’ work with him. Neurobiology & behavior professors James McGaugh and Larry Cahill, who began studying Williams in 2006, dubbed such uncanny memory “hyperthymesia” and have documented it in numerous individuals since. McGaugh said of the film, which tied for the juried prize at the Sept. 17-19 festival: “I think it’s a remarkable story about a man with a remarkable memory.”