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.