How Memory Works Subject of Breakfast at Baylor

April 24, 1998

Why we remember some things while forgetting others and how people can effectively use memory will be discussed at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Baylor University Harrington House during Breakfast at Baylor.

Dr. Charles Weaver, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, will give the lecture. Weaver has researched the area of memory for more than 10 years and has taught courses on the subject throughout his career at Baylor.

Weaver has testified in court on the credibility of a the memory of witnesses. He said he will dispel some misunderstandings people have about memory.

"We use our memory in almost every facet of life," Weaver said. "We reminisce about events in our childhood, recall answers to questions on a test, punch in the access code at the ATM. At the same time, we also have experienced the frustration of forgetting important information.

"Most of this frustration arises because memory does not work as most of us assume. Memory does not function like a video recorder or a computer disk, faithfully recording details of every event. Instead, memory stores bits and pieces, and memories of past events are essentially reconstructed from these fragments and from other sources."

The breakfast is co-sponsored by the Baylor Office of Continuing Education and the Waco Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast is designed to provide an opportunity for Waco's academic and business communities to come together for dialogue.

To make a reservation, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 752-6551. The breakfast costs $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members.

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