Wednesday, December 6 2017 at 7:30PM
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The Star and Garter
60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY
Dr Julia Shaw
What's the talk about?
Is memory just an illusion? Can it be hacked? Dr Julia Shaw will take you on a trip through the various ways in which your brain deceives you into believing that you can reliably form memories - particularly memories of your life experiences. In a turbulent overview of the rich world of the science of our personal past, she will discuss the neurological, perceptual, and social aspects of memory illusions. By the end of it, she’ll have you questioning all your memories, and wondering whether you actually are who you think you are.
Julia Shaw is a memory scientist at London South Bank University who loves to dispel misconceptions and challenge notions of reality. In her research she convinces people that they committed crimes that never actually happened. When she’s not hacking into people’s memories, she is ineffectively Tweeting, or pouring her heart into her science communication, including hawking her popular science book “The Memory Illusion”.