What is the course about?
This course explores the crucial human ability of being able to relive moments from our past to know who we are and who/where/what we want to be. It is the social glue that binds us and it allows us to set goals and make decisions.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
In this talk I will use empirical evidence to demonstrate how autobiographical memories are distributed across our lifespan and the crucial role they play in shaping our sense of self. I will also explore the nature and relevance of the relationship between our autobiographical memories and music, pictures, clothes and tangible objects. Finally I will discuss the importance of this for people with memory loss, and those who have been displaced.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All welcome. No previous knowledged required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lecture, followed by questions and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS206 Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: the role of disgust
HS207 Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: the development of language.