The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past

Panel Discussion November 14, 2012

The universal fascination with how we remember, forget, and create false memories cuts across the arts and sciences, as the question of how and where memories are formed and preserved becomes increasingly critical.

Psychologist Daniel Schacter, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, historian of science and medicine Alison Winter, and novelist and comparative literature professor André Aciman join forces to discuss how memory impacts our perception of ourselves, the development of personality, and the ability to construct and reconstruct our past experience.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Daniel Schacter Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Joseph LeDoux Professor of Science, New York University
  • André Aciman Memoirist, Essayist, Novelist
  • Alison Winter Historian and Author


  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


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About This Series

This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.



  • Inducing False Memories with Psychologist Daniel Schacter Nov 14, 2012 04:39 4932
  • The Mutability of Memory: Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux Explains Nov 14, 2012 02:15 966
  • André Aciman on Overwriting Memories Nov 14, 2012 04:31 3219
  • Metaphors for Memory: Science Historian Alison Winter Explains Nov 14, 2012 03:30 1042
  • Harvard Psychologist Daniel Schacter on Memory Storage and Recall Nov 14, 2012 02:05 4991
  • "Trafficking in the Ruins of Our Half-Baked Memories" Nov 14, 2012 02:35 169
  • Writer André Aciman on Truth and Fiction in Memoirs Nov 14, 2012 04:29 5737
  • Can Memories be Erased? Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux on Modifying Memory Nov 14, 2012 04:02 2549
  • Short Term vs. Long Term Memory: Psychologist Daniel Schacter Explains Nov 14, 2012 01:57 4355
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