Living in the third person: this memory glitch affects healthy, high-functioning people

“They cannot re-experience the past with a vivid sense of personal reliving. It's as if their past was experienced in the third person,” says researcher
Kelly Connelly

Imagine living a healthy, normal life without the ability to remember personal events from your past. You have heard about them from family and friends, but you can't see or imagine yourself in any of them.

Cognitive scientists from the University of Toronto had a rare opportunity to examine three middle-aged adults (two from the U.S., the other from the U.K.) who live their lives in the "third person" because of a condition known as lifelong severely deficient autobiographical memory (SDAM).

Monkeys for alarm clocks – a biodiversity expedition in the tropical rainforest

Students gain first-hand knowledge of tropical biodiversity
Don Campbell

It’s not every day you get a chance to use the rainforest as a laboratory, waking up each morning to the distant calls of howler monkeys as your alarm clock.  

A group of eight students under the supervision of U of T Scarborough professor Nathan Lovejoy recently did just that, getting hands-on research training in a tropical jungle. (See a photo gallery of the experience.) 

Can hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?

Valerie Iancovich

This summer, thousands of the world’s top athletes will descend on our city to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto.

Organizers say a key priority of TO2015 is to “foster sport development and healthy living” and Professor Peter Donnelly says there are plenty of opportunities for international games to create a legacy of health for a host city.

Making vaccinations less painful and scary

Anna Taddio takes her findings to WHO
Michael Kennedy

Its goal is to increase vaccination rates and reduce the spread of disease globally – so the World Health Organization turned to the University of Toronto's Anna Taddio

Next week, the world-renowned leader in childhood pain management travels to Geneva to present research and recommendations on reducing pain, distress and fear during vaccinations.

The Greek debt crisis explained (for now)

A Q & A with Phil Triadafilopoulos
Jelena Damjanovic

The high stakes poker game between Greece and its creditors continues this week with Athens facing a €448 million payment to the International Monetary Fund April 9. 

Thirty Metre Telescope: “amazing news for Canadian astronomy”

Federal funding for world’s most powerful telescope has U of T prof “over the galaxy”
Terry Lavender

The phrase “over the moon” doesn’t begin to describe University of Toronto astronomy and astrophysics professor Raymond Carlberg’s feelings.

“I was over the galaxy, well beyond the moon,” Carlberg said.

Brazilian students bring dance, joy and culture to Toronto

More Science Without Borders students come to U of T than anywhere else in the world
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Twice a week music drifts out of the University of Toronto’s Cumberland House as Brazilian students dance in snug embrace with Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Canadian students, everyone stepping, turning and spinning to the Forró beat.

Alternative energy MOOC captures global audience

Daniel Rouse

When he began teaching at U of T Engineering 37 years ago, Professor James Wallace (MIE) learned that a spare piece of chalk was all he needed to ensure his lessons went uninterrupted. Now, with the introduction of massive online open courses – or MOOCs – he’s found you can bring together a couple of IT technicians, a state-of-the-art camera and an internet connection to reach a worldwide classroom.

What the Goldilocks gene means for blood-based cancers

Liam Mitchell

INPP4B is the Goldilocks of genes. 

If there is too little of it, you’re at a greater risk for developing a variety of cancers. And new research at the University of Toronto has discovered that, if there’s too much, you’re also at a greater risk of developing leukemia – and it’s harder to treat because you’re also more resistant to chemotherapy.

Ancient, lobster-like predator discovered in 508-million-year-old fossil site

First new species from Marble Canyon site within Burgess Shale
Sean Bettam

What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly-identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago – more than 250 million years before the first dinosaur.

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