Why do so many of us remember our first kiss? Why do so many of us remember the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th 2001?
Those events are not quite as disparate as they may seem. Our brains prioritise emotional events for encoding and retrieval. The more intense the emotion, positive or negative, the more primed we are to remember the event. And those emotions can cause changes in our body right down to the level of our DNA.
To what extent are we defined by our memories and can we trust them? Filmed at World Science Festival Brisbane 2023, Brian Greene investigates the interconnection of emotion and memory with author and psychiatrist Veronica O’Keane, neuroepigeneticist Tim Bredy, and psychologists Gail Robinson and Oliver Bauman as they explore the neural pathways that make us human.
Presented with World Science Festival New York
Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and of spatial topology change.View Profile
Veronica O'Keane is a neuroscientist, a retired professor of psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin, with over 30 years experience in the field. She has published extensively...View Profile
Timothy Bredy is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroepigenetics at the Queensland Brain Institute, where his lab studies the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying fear-related learning and memory. He looks at how...View Profile
Gail Robinson is Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Doctoral Programme at the University of Queensland. She is a clinical neuropsychologist and her research is focused on both theoretical questions regarding...View Profile
Oliver Baumann is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at Bond University. He has done significant research in the area of human spatial perception, memory and emotion, using...View Profile
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