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MEMORY: The Hidden Pathways That Make Us Human

Friday, June 23, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Memory defines us. Memory is the basis of our sense of self. But how do the structures of the mind store memories? What changes do memories imprint on the brain? And what is the role of emotion in determining the quality of our memories? Brian Greene explores these and related questions with four top researchers–Veronica O’Keane, Tim Bredy, Gail Robinson and Oliver Baumann—who unravel myriad mysteries of the human capacity for memory.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

The live program was presented at the 2023 World Science Festival Brisbane, hosted by the Queensland Museum.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Oliver BaumannPsychologist

Oliver Baumann is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at Bond University. He has done significant research in the area of human spatial perception, memory and emotion, using …

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Timothy BredyNeuroscientist

Timothy Bredy is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroepigenetics at the Queensland Brain Institute,where his lab studies the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying fear-related learning and memory. He looks at specific forms …

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Veronica O’KeanePsychiatrist

Veronica O’Keane is a neuroscientist, a retired professor of psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin, with over 30 years’ experience in the field. She has done extensive …

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Gail RobinsonPsychologist

Gail Robinson is Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Doctoral Programme at the University of Queensland. She is a clinical neuropsychologist and her research is focused on both theoretical questions regarding …

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