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The nature and mechanics of false memories

Speaker: Dr Krissy Wilson
Date: Monday, 21 July 2014 Time: 6:00-7:30pm Location: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602
Free Admission

Research has consistently shown that contrary to popular perception, memory is not the reliable cognitive process that the mind as a computer model has suggested. Rather memory is in fact a reconstructive and fluid process, prone to all kinds of misinformation, suggestion and personal bias. Indeed, it is possible to create entire memories of events that never actually occurred. The recent false memory debacle has highlighted the perils of therapeutic practices led by well-meaning but misinformed individuals who fail to understand the vulnerable nature of memory. This talk will review recent findings on the creation and mechanism of false memories, in both the laboratory and real life situations, and how individual differences may make some of us more susceptible.

Dr Krissy Wilson is a psychology lecturer, researcher and public speaker. She completed her PhD in 2007 in London and soon after moved to Australia where she has worked for the University of Tasmania, Charles Sturt University in New South Wales and most recently for Macquarie University in Sydney where she devised a new undergraduate course on critical thinking. Her PhD studies explored the nature of memory for both normal and ostensibly paranormal events with a particular emphasis on the nature and creation of false memories. However, her main area of expertise is in the psychology of belief and has published research articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters as well as appearing many times on radio and television discussing a range of topics relating to the paranormal.

Dinner will follow the lecture in the Ainslie Football Club restaurant. To RSVP for the dinner please email [masked].

Canberra Skeptics Inc. is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about Canberra Skeptics please visit our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org.au

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