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Forget About It!: The Science and Psychology of Memory


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The mind works in obscure, often inconvenient, ways. Do you find you can recall every line of Wayne’s World dialogue, but you’ve forgotten your own blood type, your seven times tables, your grandmother’s maiden name, the year of the Battle of Hastings?

What do our minds retain, what do they discard, and why? Diving deep into the subconscious for this discussion, we’ll explore the latest in psychology and neuroscience to gain some novel perspectives around forgetting. Is memory loss a natural part of ageing? When is forgetting a brain malfunction, and when it is a healthy, cleansing act of the subconscious? Can forgetting be as valuable as remembering? Can forgetting spur creativity?

Join us for a fresh and memorable conversation on the psychological, scientific and even psychoanalytical processes of forgetting.


Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky, physician and award-winning writer, is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her debut novel is The Waiting Room won the Voss Literary Prize for the best novel of 2016. We’re all Going to Die has been described as ‘a joyful book about death’. She edite... Read more

Ashley Bush

Professor Ashley Bush is a practising psychiatrist and an NHMRC Australia Fellow, and co-director of Biomarker Discovery for the Australian Imaging Biomarker and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing. He holds an academic appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the recipient of numero... Read more

Jee Hyun Kim

Dr Jee Hyun Kim is a behavioral neuroscientist, whose work focuses on emotional learning and memory during childhood and adolescence. She is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in&nbs... Read more

Leonardo Salvador Rodríguez

Leonardo Salvador Rodríguez is a psychoanalyst. He is a founding member of the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis and of the International School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, and is currently the coordinator of the Institute for Training of the Australian Centre for Psyc... Read more


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