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Brain and memory: what do you remember?

Please note that there is no step-free access to this venue
Past event - 2018
15 May Doors open 6.30pm
Event 7pm - 9pm
Cherry Reds, 92 John Bright Street,
Birmingham B1 1BN
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Memories are not accurate replications of reality. They are full of holes and can be influenced by our mood, feelings and past experiences. This evening we will explore the limits and abilities of our memory.

Feeling our memories

Dr Federica Meconi (Social neuroscientist and research fellow at the School of Psychology of the University of Birmingham)
Empathy is our ability to share and understand others’ feelings and is the glue of social bond. People tend to think that we cannot fully understand others’ feelings if we have not experienced those feelings ourselves.
Whether and how our empathy is drawn on our past memories will be the focus of this talk. Federica will describe research studies showing how sharing similar past experiences influences our attitude to interact with the others. Can we reveal people by their experiences?

Why your false memories stick around

Dr Rob Nash (Experimental psychologist and senior lecturer in Psychology at Aston University)
Despite the great faith that we typically place in our memories, remembering is in fact highly susceptible to errors. In this talk Rob will discuss the extent to which it is possible for us to know which of our memories are true, and which are false. In doing so, he will describe research on the processes by which people actively challenge their memories, and on what happens when we discover that our memories are indeed false. Can we fully trust what we remember?