JESSICA ROBIN, University of Toronto and Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest
Title: Spatial context effects in episodic memory and imagination
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2017-2018
Abstract: Episodic memory and spatial memory are two types of memory that have long been associated with the hippocampus, but the mechanism underlying their joint reliance on the hippocampus is debated. Some have proposed that mentally constructing scenes underlies episodic memory, serving as the foundation for remembered and imagined events. In this talk, I will present evidence exploring the role of spatial context in remembered and imagined events, in terms of both brain and behaviour. In the first part, I willpresent studies that demonstrate how familiar spatial contexts affect the quality of remembered episodes and imagined events. In the second section, I will describe two studies that focus on the neural basis of memory for scenes and episodes, and the interaction between the two. Finally, I will present an eye-tracking study designed to test questions about the mechanismof spatial context effects in memory. Together these studies provide insight into the way that spatial information influences how we remember and imagine events in our lives.
Watch video of Jessica Robin talk at https://play.library.utoronto.ca/YCZl1_rAxG0Oition
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