Memories: Can't live with them, can't live without them

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 24 October

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Memories are our most cherished possessions. But why can we often not recall important information and yet unwanted memories won’t go away? Can we rely on memory or is it a fiction? Vin Walsh introduces Julia Shaw and Jennifer Wild in a fascinating exploration of this most fundamental brain function.

About the speakers

Vin Walsh is a Professor of Human Brain Research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL.

Julia Shaw is a memory hacker and psychological scientist at UCL. She is best known for her work in the area of false memories: memories of things that never actually happened.

Jennifer Wild is an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on why people over-remember what they most wish to forget. She has a special interest in how traumatic memories are formed and how they drive symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

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