Memory and Attention: Surprises of the Mind [S-14-37]

Presenter:Serge Onyper
Location: SLCHA: Silas Wright House: County Gallery
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 10:00 AM 03/12

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Many of us go through life seeking rich, novel experiences, yet few realize that our ability to perceive the world around us and to remember what we have experienced is constrained by the cognitive architecture of the human mind. In this interactive class, we will explore a number of striking perceptual, attentional, and memory phenomena that will make you question your eyes, your memories, and perhaps even your sanity! We will discuss whether it is possible to achieve supermemory as well as what you can do to improve your ability to retain and remember everyday information. We will also ponder why, in spite of the mind’s limitations, we rarely feel that we miss out on getting the most out of life.

Serge Onyper is a cognitive psychologist with a particular interest in the study of human memory. He holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from Syracuse University, and has taught at St. Lawrence University for almost 7 years. NOTE: Handouts will be available at the presentation.


Cap: 35

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