Dato: 08.02.2017 - 08.02.2017
Tid: 18:00 - 21:00
Møteleder: Sigmund Ditmansen
PhD London South Bank University
Additional speakers will be announced shortly
Remember that time you stole a car on a sunny day and went for a joy ride?
You probably never did that, but you just pictured it, didn't you?
Our memory is not as infallible as we often like to think it is. Memories may not only be faulty; old memories may seem just a bit more rosy when you are happy, or everything gets a bit grayer when you are feeling down. But your mind can even play tricks on you by inventing memories of events that never transpired.
In the true crime series Making a Murderer, Steven Avery’s nephew confessed to crimes he never committed after being strong-armed by the police. Many Norwegians saw the same thing happen during the Birgitte Tengs case. In a judicial system where we rely heavily on witness testimonies, the fault of our memories can be problematic.
Dr. Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer and memory scientist at London South Bank University. She is best known for her work on false memories, and in 2016 she published the book The Memory Illusion. In 2015 she conducted an experiment where she made the participants remember contact with police in their childhood which never actually happened. As well as her teaching and research, she delivers business, legal, military, and police talks on preventing common memory mistakes, and making the most of our faulty memory.
The evening starts off with an introduction to false memories courtesy of Dr. Shaw, which will then be followed by a short panel discussion about Shaw’s research, and Norwegian interrogation practices.
Following the talk, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to a celebration of life with one of Beethoven's overtures to his Fidelio opera, and finally gives us Carl Nielsen's 4th symphony, The Inextinguishable.
Entrance for the evening will require a membership of Bergen Student society, which is yours for the sum of 50 NOK.
Students from the Faculty of Psychology will have free entrance.