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These Speeches Discuss the Science Behind Memories

 - Aug 23, 2013
This collection includes a series of thought-provoking presentations on memory. These speeches don’t just explore the science behind human memories, they also present some innovative research experiments.

Wendy Suzuki preaches about the benefits of brain exercises in her keynote. She discusses how to improve the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that controls long term memories.

Maria Konnikova warns viewers of the dangers of relying on Google for information. Konnikova reveals that in a recent study, many people who use Google on a regular basis are likely to forget things that they’re told, knowing that they can always look them up later online.

Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu have been doing memory-focused experiments with rats, working to see if they can extract memories from the brain. They explain that memories leave a sort of footprint in the brain. When people think about a specific memory, the brain cell it’s stored in can be located. They also discuss the possibility of planting false memories in a brain.

Some of these speeches are extremely controversial, while others are simply informative.