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Colloquium on false memories

Schacter | Photo courtesy of Harvard University

Daniel L. Schacter, one of the nation's leading researchers in the area of human memory and amnesia, will discuss his research on false memories during a colloquium presented by Temple's psychology department on Monday, Sept. 13.

Schacter, whose research focuses on psychological and biological aspects of human memory and amnesia and on brain mechanisms of memory distortion, is the author of the new book The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Remembers and Forgets (Houghton Mifflin). The book was named a New York Times Notable Book.

Schacter's memory research at Harvard includes the use of both cognitive testing and brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography.

Cognitive studies focus on the mechanisms involved in suppressing or repressing false recognition effects. Among the host of neuroimaging studies currently in progress is a series of studies that examine the nature of the human encoding process for memory.

Schacter is the author of two additional books: Stranger Behind the Engram: Theories of Memory and The Psychology of Science and Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past.

Professor and chair of psychology at Harvard University, Schacter will present "The Cognitive Neuroscience of False Memories" at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in 405AB of The Tuttleman Learning Center.

-Barbara Baals