Public lecture on the genetics of memory, 17 May

Posted by mjs76 at May 14, 2012 02:47 PM |
Find out how your genes affect your memory and how your memory affects the way you learn.

This year’s Sluckin Lecture for our School of Psychology will be delivered by Andrew R Mayes, Professor of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, who will speak on ‘Memory, Brain and Genes – and Some Educational Recommendations’.

Recent research on the genetics of memory strongly suggests that individual memory differences depend significantly on people having variants of genes that store memories more or less efficiently. Other recent evidence suggests that repeatedly recalling information that is being learnt greatly slows forgetting and improves long-term retention, relative to repeated study.

Professor Mayes, author of Human Organic Memory Disorders, will argue that, when applied to education, ‘recall repetition’ and similar techniques, such as spaced learning, will greatly help students learn and remember better.

The Sluckin Lecture was established in 1991 in memory of Wladek Sluckin who was Professor of Psychology here at Leicester from 1965 to 1984. Professor Mayes knew Sluckin well so it is particularly appropriate that he has been asked to deliver this year’s lecture.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Henry Wellcome Building, in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, from 4.30pm on Thursday 17 May, to be followed by a drinks reception.

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