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CafeLitt 147: Memory

Thu 19 Nov 2009, 19:00, by Dr. Shahin Zanganehpour, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)

Everything is life is memory, save the thin edge of the present. (Michael Gazzaniga, 2000)
Modern science defines memory as the processes involved in retaining, retrieving, and using information about stimuli, events, ideas, and skills after the original information is no longer present. It is not therefore not farfetched to think of the memory system as a mental "time machine"! According to modern psychological theory, memory is a cognitive capacity that is used to guide an organisms behaviour towards various elements in its biological and mental life. Therefore, the impact of memory is felt in every domain of experience. At this week's CaféLitt gathering, I will provide an overview of the current understanding of memory and its relationship with the brain. I will then use the two most thoroughly documented clinical cases of memory deficits to illustrate how the careful study of brain damage has tremendously enhanced our understanding and appreciation of the many facets of memory function. I will end the talk with a brief treatment of some of the very exciting new developments in revealing the cellular and molecular basis of memory function.

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
CaféLitt is open to all comments, suggestion, collaboration and new ideas. CaféLitt provides an unparalleled opportunity for learning about culture, science and philosophy in a relaxed and friendly environment, and for sharing your knowledge and expertise with like-minded members of your community.
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