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The 2011 World Science Festival took place on June 1-June 5 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates.

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF MEMORY

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Date: Friday June 3, 2011
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

It’s the thought of your childhood home. It’s that comforting aroma you can still smell ten years later. It’s the way you define yourself. It’s your memory. Where is memory stored? How do we recall? Why do we forget? We’ll shine a light on these and many other questions about long-term memory from a molecular, psychological, and emotional perspective. The audience discovered how their long-term memories can be naturally twisted, tweaked, and changed, and how memories of the past could also help us peer into the future. We explored the bumpy road even a youthful mind sometimes travels when experiencing déjà vu, succumbing to suggestibility, or having a “senior” moment.

Related WSF Salon: Manipulating Memory: Progress and Implications

On the Blog: The Biological Mechanism That Gives Life Meaning

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This program was part of The Big, the Small, and the Complex, a Series made possible with the support of The Kavli Prize.

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