NYU neuroscientist Elizabeth Phelps will deliver “Emotion and Memory,” on Fri., May 10, 4-5:30 p.m. at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium.
The lecture is part of NYU’s “Science on the Square,” a series of lectures focusing on scientific topics of interest to the general public and sponsored by NYU’s Dean for Science.
Phelps’ research centers on memories, especially those for highly emotional events, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These recollections are often characterized as subjectively vivid and detailed. But research has shown that vivid memories are not as accurate as they may seem. Phelps’ talk will examine how memories for emotional events differ from memories for ordinary events and how understanding the neurobiology might help explain this dissociation between the confidence we have in emotional memories and accuracy. She is a professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.3800. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Subways: N/R [8th Street], 6 [Astor Place].