Psychology lecture examines how to learn from memory

Posted by pt91 at May 14, 2012 02:34 PM |
Professor Andrew Mayes to deliver 2012 Sluckin lecture at the University of Leicester, 17 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 May 2012

Evidence that your genes may determine how well your brain stores memories, and the implications that this has for teaching and learning, will be examined at the University of Leicester’s annual Sluckin lecture on 17 May.

Professor Andrew Mayes of the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester is to speak for the University’s School of Psychology 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 will argue that, when applied to education, ‘recall repetition’ and similar techniques, such as spaced learning, will greatly help students learn and remember better.

Professor Andrew Colman of the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology, commented: “This should be a fascinating lecture by an eminent neuroscientist who knew Wladek Sluckin well”.

Professor Mayes’s lecture, ‘Memory, Brain and Genes – and Some Educational Recommendations’ will take place from 4.30-5.30pm on Thursday 17th May in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building.  

The lecture is free and will be followed by a drinks reception in the atrium. 

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