Forgetting to forget

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – 17:15-18:45
Venue: Weston Pavilion
Cost: Free
Coffee cup by Ballistik Coffee Boy on Flickr

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?


  • Host: Dr Daniel Glaser, Head of Special Projects at Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Michael Anderson, Research Staff, Medical Research Council
  • Dr Emma Berry, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Consultant on behalf of Microsoft Research Cambridge and Vicon Motion Capture Systems
  • Dr Martin Conway, Director of Institute of Cognitive Psychology, University of Leeds

Free – no booking required.

This is one of a series of Cafe Scientifique events held as part of See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts. Cafe Scientifique is a place where, over cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore science and technology. To join in, just turn up, get a drink, and get involved in the discussion.

Please note the time and location is different from the other cafe scientifique events.

Supported by the Kohn Foundation.

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