Dr Kim Wade

Wednesday, October 8 2014 at 8:00PM

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Dr Kim Wade

What's the talk about?

Our guest speaker for October is Dr Kim Wade, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Warwick. She is a cognitive psychologist specialising in autobiographical memory and memory distortions, best known for her research demonstrating the power of doctored images to produce false memories.

Suggestive techniques can lead people to remember wholly false childhood experiences such as being lost in a shopping mall or being hospitalized overnight. Although most false memory research has relied on some form of verbal suggestion, such as leading questions or bogus feedback, to influence what people recall, photographs—both genuine and doctored—can create havoc in memory too.

In this talk, Kim will discuss the extent to which images can influence our memory for significant, recent experiences, and show that people might even confess to, or testify about, events that never happened if they are confronted with fabricated evidence.

She will also discuss new research on people with highly superior autobiographical memories. These individuals recall their past, accurately, in extraordinary detail. But are they immune to memory distortions?