Biomedical Sciences

TEDx talk - The making and keeping of memory

Professor Richard Morris (Professor of Neuroscience, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, and 2016 Brain Prize Winner) gave a TEDx talk in Madrid at the end of 2017.

At this event, Professor Morris talks from his his vast experience researching the brain and its mechanisms, sharing important insights on how do we build up memories and why we should only worry about forgetting when it affects the most important parts of our life.

The talk is based loosely on some of the ideas in the book "The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers" by Daniel Schacter, former chair of Harvard University's Psychology Department and a leading memory researcher. It focusses on the importance of effective forgetting and talks about the brain mechanisms underlying memory.

Professor Richard Morris' talk discusses questions around memory such as 'Why do we forget?' and 'Is it necessary to put up with the inconvenients of our memory failures?'. This engaging and fascinating talk is definitely worth watching!  

Further information

Forgetting is a part of memory: TEDxMadrid video

Professor Richard Morris' profile page

Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences website