York U Scholars Hub at Vaughan Public Libraries Speakers Series
Vaughan Public Library and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnershipbrings some of York’s top academic minds to Vaughan.
The series will feature talks and expertisefrom professionals in the Faculties of Science and Health with subject matter around psychology, exercise, astronomy and biology.
COST: FREE BUT PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Space for each talk is limited. Refreshments are provided.
Nov. 27, 2018 | How Memory Changes With Age
Shayna Rosenbaum (Professor and York Research Chair, Department of Psychology and Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) Program)
Episodic memory is our internal record of the past events in our lives. Episodic memory decline is prominent in healthy aging and in age-related brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that affect the functioning of a brain structure called the hippocampus. Difficulties remembering the details of past personal events directly limit one’s ability to function in everyday life. Recent research shows further that people who are unable to remember past events often have difficulties imagining or “pre-experiencing” future events. Does this imply that people with episodic loss are confined to the “here and now”? Can one make important decisions about how one’s life should go or about which actions one should take when one is unable to remember past or imagine future personal experiences? Using patient and brain imaging methods, we have demonstrated that while episodic memory and future imagining are affected in healthy and unhealthy aging, other time-related decisions remain unchanged with age. These findings help to predict what individuals experiencing episodic memory decline can and cannot accomplish in their daily lives and are being used to guide clinical interventions.
The Nov. 27 talk is now FULL.
This unique partnership is part of York University’s goals for community engagement and reputation-building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students and their families, and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions.