“Vantage Point” (Columbia Pictures, Feb. 22), starring William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, and Forest Whitaker, includes the varied perceptions and recollections of eight eyewitnesses to a presidential assassination attempt. New York University’s Lila Davachi, a faculty member in NYU’s Department of Psychology and its Center for Neural Science, is available for comment on neurological activity during memory formation and retrieval.
Reporters interested in speaking to Davachi should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davachi explores how memories are formed: Why do we remember certain events in rich detail, have only a sense or feeling that we’ve encountered other events, and completely forget some experiences? Davachi and her colleagues recently identified patterns of brain activation linked to the formation of long-term memories. Their study, which appeared in the journal Neuron, also offered an innovative and more comprehensive method for gauging memories.