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Memory Hackers | Full-Length Broadcast | PBS LearningMediaThe original version of NOVA’s Memory Hackers film included a photomontage from archival stock footage that included a split-second image of a person in blackface, which our editors failed to notice. We have pulled all versions of this film and have provided an updated version. We at WGBH and NOVA would like to sincerely apologize that this offensive image was included in our content and acknowledge the long racist history of blackface and its harmful impact on Black people. It is antithetical to all we stand for as public media producers, whose mission it is to offer education and entertainment for the collective good of all people. We accept full responsibility for our content and the impact that it has on the American public that we serve. Scientists are learning how we can edit memories—and delete our worst fears. This program premiered on February 10, 2016 on PBS. Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it, we’d be prisoners of the present, unable to use the lessons of the past to change our future. From our first kiss to where we put our keys, memory represents who we are and how we learn and navigate the world. But how does it work? Neuroscientists using cutting-edge techniques are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory. By studying a range of individuals ranging—from an 11-year-old whiz-kid who remembers every detail of his life to a woman who had memories implanted—scientists have uncovered a provocative idea. For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays intact. But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories. The question is—are we ready? For a classroom resource featuring a video segment from this program, check out How Memories Form. This resource is part of the NOVA: Full-Length Broadcast Collection.