How Are Memories Formed?
With Dana Leidl
Memory is integral to our sense of identity, and our everyday functioning. We use the knowledge of the past to guide our actions for the future. But we also know that memory is not always reliable and sometimes we remember things that haven’t actually happened to us. On top of this, we know that as we age, our ability to form and recall memories worsens. Scientists are committed to better understanding memory in order to improve the lives of individuals with and without dementia.
Join PhD student Dana Leidl to explore the history of the study of memory, including case studies of individuals with unusual memory abilities. Dana will discuss the science behind how we form and update memories, as well as why memory declines in old age and how this can be prevented.
This free event is part of Inspiring Australia's Talking Science library speaker series, and is also part of Sydney Science Festival.