March 16 – Science Cafe – Invisible Gorillas – the limits of short-term memory

    16 March 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Greenbank Pub
    57 Belle Vue Rd
    Bristol BS5 6DP
    Alina Udall

    Science Cafes are: informal gatherings in which an expert discusses an interesting science topic – usually one that they’re working on. The goal is to stimulate a lively discussion.

    Our speakers today are: Robert Udale from the School of Experiment Psychology at Bristol University and Simon Ferneyhough from Bournemouth University

    This evening’s topic is: Short-term memory is a cognitive system, distinct from long-term memory, responsible for the temporary storage of relevant information.  We rely on it every day to hold things in mind, solve problems and to make sense of the continuous stream of incoming perceptual information about our environment.  Robert will talk about what short-term memory is, and give some examples of the important functions it serves in our everyday lives.  He will demonstrate some of the tasks which experimental psychologists use to probe the structure of short-term memory and talk about the current debate concerning how short-term memory represents information about the external world.

    More about our speakers:

    Robert Udale completed his BSc and MSc in Psychology at Bangor University in 2010.  He then went on to work as a research assistant, studying visual working memory and visual recognition.  Currently at the University of Bristol, Robert is studying the processes involved in comparing the visual scene with the contents of short-term memory.

    Simon Ferneyhough is a researcher in cognitive/experimental psychology at Bournemouth University. He investigates how visual memory changes as we age, with a focus on the difference between remembering what we have seen, and where we have seen it.



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