Inaugural Public Lecture 'The Future of Memory': Professor Donna Rose Addis - 18 August, 2016 at Fale Pasifika


The Future of Memory

The past decade has seen a significant reconceptualization of memory as being critical to many aspects of cognitive functioning and psychological wellbeing. The work of Professor Addis has been at the forefront of this change, demonstrating the close links between memory and abilities such as future thinking, creativity and identity.

In this lecture, Professor Addis will reflect on her past investigations of how changes in memory function in older age and depression impact upon imagining the future. She will also discuss her future research directions, including the exploration of interventions for enhancing future thinking, the hope being to support the imagining of vivid and bright futures.

Time: 5.00pm

Date: Thursday 18 August, 2016 

Venue: Fale Pasifika, Wynyard Street, Auckland 1010. Google map

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Professor Addis completed her BA and MA in Psychology at The University of Auckland. She then undertook a PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Toronto, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Professor Addis returned to the School of Psychology in 2008, where she leads the Memory Lab. Her research is supported by the Marsden Fund and an inaugural Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. In 2010, she won the prestigious Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

How do memory abilities change with advancing age and disease? What impacts do such changes have on other aspects of psychological functioning?

Professor Addis’s research combines neuroimaging, behavioural and neuropsychological methods to investigate how the brain remembers past experiences, how we use memory to simulate future events and construct a sense of identity, and how these abilities change in healthy ageing and dementia.

She has a particular interest in the role of the hippocampus in memory, and she has conducted research with other populations with hippocampal dysfunction, including Alzhiemer's disease, temporal lobe epilepsy and depression.