Your Memories Are Etched in Jello

Description

Until recently, the prevailing neurobiological theory of memory was that it was unidirectional fixation—that is to say that once a memory was formed it was there and that was that. However, current research is pointing toward another model of memory that implies a reconsolidation process each time a memory is accessed.

As in that memory is in danger of ceasing to exist or, in the very least, able to be manipulated. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, anyone?

I aim to discuss memory and this new field of research in reconsolidation, how these experimental drug-aided treatments are already being used therapeutically (aka on people!), and some future implications.

Sarah Stricker

Biography

Full-time student and Starbucks barista studying psychology, linguistics, and language.