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THE TASTE OF MADELEINES

Can we use adult recollections of childhood as a source of scientific data or as a basis for charging someone with child abuse years after the alleged offense? Can we trust eyewitness identifications in the courtroom? Can we put an understanding of how memory works to practical use by, say, devising treatments for people with disabling post-traumatic stress disorder? Recent work on the biology of memory retrieval offers some disturbing answers and some encouraging ones.