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Finding Nemo 'gets amnesia right'

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Finding Nemo 'gets amnesia right'

Dory, the blue tropical fish, shows the 'reality' of amnesia
The cartoon 'Finding Nemo' is one of the few films to accurately portray amnesia, researchers claim.
They say the fishy tale, along with a few other honourable exceptions, such as 'Memento', stands out for showing the realities of the condition.

But the researchers, from the National Society for Epilepsy, say the majority of amnesiac plots bear no relation to medical reality.

The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

Amnesia has been a staple device of film plots since the days of the silent movie.

The frustration of the other fish around her with constant repetition also accurately reflects the feelings of people who live with amnesiac patients

Dr Sarah Baxendale, researcher, on 'Finding Nemo'
One of the first to use it was the 1915 film 'Garden of Lies', where a doctor hires a new husband for an amnesiac bride in an attempt to jog her memory.

Looking at numerous films that have appeared since, the researchers say most amnesic characters are unrealistically able to function as if on a 'clean slate'.

They suffer very few problems managing everyday tasks, while managing to hold down new jobs and function socially

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