Dartmouth Events

Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium

Wolford Lecturer, Lila Davachi, PhD, Columbia University

Friday, February 11, 2022
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Intended Audience(s): Alumni, Faculty, Postdoc, Staff, Students-Graduate, Students-Undergraduate
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Please join us on Friday, February 11, 2021, at 3:30 p.m., for a virtual colloquium given by Wolford Lecturer, Lila Davachi, Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Title and abstract are below.  Zoom details will be forthcoming.

Title:  What is an ‘Episode’ in Episodic Memory? How Event Memories are Constructed from Experience

Abstract:  Everyday life consists of a continuous stream of information, yet somehow we remember the past as distinct episodic events. Prominent models posit that event segmentation is driven by erroneous predictions about how current experiences are unfolding. Yet this perspective fails to explain how memories become integrated or separated in the absence of prior knowledge. Here, we propose that contextual stability promotes sequential integration in memory while context changes promote separation and in doing so dictate the temporal organization of events in episodic memory. To support this view, I will present evidence from behavioral, imaging, MEG and eye tracking (if time permits!) that converge on the conclusion that temporal integration is enhanced in stable contexts and that stable contexts promote enhanced objective and subjective measures of temporal memory. through distinct encoding mechanisms than those supporting across event integration. 


For more information, contact:
Michelle Powers

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.