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Forgetting to forget

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In today’s society we are storing an ever increasing number of memories in the virtual world. ‘Forgetting to Forget’ will encourage discussion and open up the debate on the impact of technology on memory recall whilst exploring the possibility that memories are purposefully being forgotten.
This cafe will explore whether humans are choosing to suppress memories, is there a difference between intentional and unintentional forgetting? Does technology have an impact on the possibility of purposefully blocking memory recall? With memories being stored on hard drives, the internet and other advancing technologies, is technology facilitating our ability to be able to forget?
Join Michael Anderson whose research includes memory control and motivated forgetting, Emma Berry who has been working on SenseCam, which captures everyday images to help aid memory recall for Alzheimer patients, and Martin Conway whose research focuses on the psychological contributions between forgetting and memory. Engage, listen and contribute to this fascinating topic on.......what was it again?


Dr Michael Anderson | talks | www
Dr Emma Berry | talks | www
Dr Martin Conway | talks | www


Date and Time:

30 June 2010 at 5:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre

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The Royal Society
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