Contributions of Episodic Memory to Imagination, Problem Solving, and Creativity'

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Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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WSU, Institute of Gerontology

November 15, 2022 
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Contributions of Episodic Memory to Imagination, Problem Solving, and Creativity'
Daniel SchacterWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Department of Psychology Harvard University
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Research on episodic memory has mainly focused on remembering past experiences, but a growing number of studies have provided evidence for its role in a broader range of cognitive functions. According to the constructive episodic simulation hypothesis, episodic retrieval processes allow individuals to draw on the past in a manner that flexibly extracts and recombines elements of previous experiences. Such flexibility is adaptive for simulating hypothetical events based on past experiences, but it may also render the system prone to memory errors. This talk will discuss cognitive and neuroimaging studies in both young and older adults that have examined contributions of episodic retrieval to imagining future experiences, solving everyday problems, and thinking creatively, and will also consider evidence that these adaptive processes are related to specific kinds of memory errors.

Speaker Bio
Daniel L. Schacter is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Schacter received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1981, remained there until joining the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987, and Harvard University in 1991, where he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 1995-2005. Schacter’s research has the relation between explicit and implicit memory, the nature of memory distortions, how individuals use memory to imagine future events, and the effects of aging on memory. Schacter and his many collaborators have published over 400 articles and chapters on these and related topics. Schacter has received various awards for his research, including the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association and the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. Schacter has authored several books, including Searching for Memory (1996) and The Seven Sins of Memory (2001), both named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and both winners of the American Psychological Association’s William James Book Award. He has co-authored an introductory text, Psychology (6th Edition, 2023), and recently completed an updated, 20th anniversary edition of The Seven Sins of Memory (2021).

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