Understanding How We Remember
Dr Christopher Madan (Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Nottingham)

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 @ 2:30pm | Scrymgeour Building, 4.34

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Generally, the functional purpose of memory is to remember information that will benefit future behaviour. For instance, emotional and rewarding experiences are usually remembered better than more mundane ones, based on motivation-related mechanisms. In educational settings we seek to co-opt these functional memory mechanisms to deliberately and strategically remember information. Here I discuss the distinction between motivated and strategic memory approaches, and make suggestions for how motivated memory findings can be used to enhance study strategies.

About the speaker:
Dr Christopher Madan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. He studies memory using a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and computational modeling methods. He is particularly interested in what factors makes some experiences more memorable than others (such as emotion, reward, and motor processing) and how these influences can manifest in future behavior, such as decision making. He also specialises in characterising inter-individual differences in brain morphology, particularly with respect to aging, dementia, and cognitive abilities. You can follow him on Twitter @cMadan.