Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cognitive Psychology Group Colloquium

When: Thursday 16th October, 12-1pm
Where: Keats Reading Room, Psychology Building
Prof. Michael Humphreys, University of Queensland
Dr. Kerry Chalmers, University of Newcastle

Title: Episodic Memory
The distinction between episodic and semantic memory dominates most introductions to the study of human memory.  However, in practice this distinction is often ignored.  In an effort to understand whether the distinction is really important and whether it is the best way to introduce students to the study of memory we look at the history of the episodic/semantic distinction.  The object is to understand the problems the distinction addresses and to evaluate the possibility of defining episodic memory. We also consider why it is so difficult to answer questions about whether non-human animals and young children have episodic memories.