Fictional Memory

Fictional Memory

Elizabeth Loftus [ TED Edinburgh ] I’d like to tell you about a legal case that I worked on involving a man named Steve Titus. Titus was a restaurant manager. He was 31 years old, he lived in Seattle, Washington, he was engaged to Gretchen, about to be married, she was the love of his life. And one night, the couple went out

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

Barbara Arrowsmith Young [ TEDxToronto ] I want to share a little secret, which I hope will not be a secret by the end of the talk. I am truly, madly, deeply passionate about the human brain. Science has taught us that our brain shapes us, that it makes us uniquely who we are. And if we think about our brain, it has

Proof Pudding

Proof Pudding

Malcolm Gladwell [ University of Pennsylvania ] I was recently asked to give a public lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of “proof.” My question is: How much proof do we need about the harmfulness of something before we act? I began with the strange history of how long it took for society to grasp the seriousness of black-lung disease,

Learning Pygmy

Learning Pygmy

Josh Foer [ theguardian.com ] How I learned a language in 22 hours – “What do you know about where I come from?” That was one of the first questions I ever asked Bosco Mongousso, an Mbendjele pygmy who lives in the sparsely populated Ndoki forest at the far northern tip of the Republic of Congo. We were sitting on logs around a

Recall Testing

Recall Testing

Henry Roediger [ Montana State University ] Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III rose to prominence with his studies of why and how people develop False Memories. He received his Doctorate from Yale University and is currently a Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ten Benefits of Testing Retrieval aids later retention. Testing identifies gaps in knowledge. Testing causes students