Memories are made of this: how the brain stores and recalls information

12 May ‘16
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7.00PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Professor Bruce Graham

Venue: Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

Remembering our experiences is fundamental to our daily lives and our interactions with the world around us. But our memories are notoriously unreliable: how often have you had the experience of meeting someone you haven’t seen in a while and you just cannot quite remember their name – it is on the tip of your tongue but… In this talk we will explore the operation of a computational model of “associative” memory that we think mimics the way memories are stored and recalled in the brain. We will see how it works and how it can create those “tip of the tongue” moments. The model also shows us how memory deteriorates due to the pathologies of Alzheimer’s and other diseases that lead to dementia and how remarkably robust our memory systems can be in the face of such diseases.

This lecture is part of the A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science series of public lectures organised by Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling. 

Further details are available here http://www.maths.stir.ac.uk/lectures/

RSVP: All welcome. No need to book a place in advance.

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