False MemoriesPresenter: Michelle Meade

Dates: Monday, Sept. 28

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: Human memory is not always accurate; it is not a perfect recording of past events. Instead, memory is a dynamic and reconstructive process that sometimes results in errors or false memories. In this Side Trip, we will explore the reconstructive nature of memory and the phenomenon of false memories. How and why do people falsely remember details about their past experiences? Specific topics include the laboratory science of false memories, current controversies surrounding false memories, and the adaptive function of false memories in everyday life.

Instructor Bio:
Michelle MeadeMichelle Meade is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University. Michelle received her BA from Grinnell College, her MA and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and she completed a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois. Her research and teaching focus on human memory and how memory is influenced by both individual and social factors. She was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study human memory in Australia.



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