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The Strangeness of Memory


Fully booked

Thursday 5 October 2017


In an ongoing partnership with BBC Radio 3, the Reading Room will be the setting for a series of Radio 3’s ‘The Essay’.

What can the strangeness of memory tell us about the human experience? Join five researchers to hear about some extraordinary aspects of human memory; from its role in identity to our understanding of time, and from false childhood memories to techniques for improving our power of recall.

Each researcher will read a 15-minute essay. These will be recorded on the evening and broadcast from Monday 9 to Friday 13 October at 22:45 on BBC Radio 3, in advance of our Why Music? The Key to Memory weekend.


  • Chris French, Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths

  • Fiona Gabbert, Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit, Goldsmiths

  • Catherine Loveday, Principle Lecturer, University of Westminster

  • David Shanks, Head of Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Unversity College London
  • Adam Zeman, Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, University of Exeter

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11:00 on Friday 29 September.

(Image credit: Sarah Grice, Wellcome Collection)