Monday, October 3 2016 at 7:30PM
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The Monarch Bar
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8BG
Professor Chris French
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The reliability of human memory is often of central importance when considering reports of ostensibly paranormal events given that one is often assessing the report of the event rather than directly assessing the event itself.
This talk will review the scientific literature on the nature of memory, particularly focussing upon the areas of the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and susceptibility to false memories.
We will look at findings from several studies directly addressing the reliability of memory for ostensibly paranormal phenomena. This research indicates that any report of an anomalous event that rests entirely upon human memory should be treated with considerable caution.
Professor Chris French is Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society and an Honorary Member of the Centre for Memory and Law at City University. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences.