Most of us know researcher and Dana Alliance member Brenda Milner from her decades-long work with amnesiac Patient H.M. (Henry Molaison) and the peek into memory he offered. While Mr. Molaison died in 2008, she still is at the lab bench, continuing to delve into the mind and brain.
In this week’s New York Times, she told interviewer Claudia Dreifus she’s working to tease out what are left/right brain differences. Here’s my favorite exchange:
We all loved H.M. Yet it was very strange, psychologically, because when he died we all felt as if we’d lost a friend. And this is funny because one thinks of friendship as a bilateral thing. He didn’t recognize us or know us, and we felt we’d lost a friend.
We also did a Q&A with Milner, in 2010, with this fabulous photo of her: