The mystery of memory: In search of the past

Steve Paulson, André Aciman, Joseph Ledoux, Daniel Schacter, Alison Winter

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A universal fascination with how we remember, forget, and create false memories cuts across the arts and sciences, as do the questions of how and where memories are formed and preserved. Moderated by Steve Paulson, executive producer and host of To the Best of Our Knowledge, novelist and comparative literature professor André Aciman (City University of New York), neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux (New York University), psychologist Daniel Schacter (Harvard University), and historian of science and medicine Alison Winter (University of Chicago) discuss how memory impacts our perception of ourselves, the development of personality, and the ability to construct and reconstruct our past experience. The following is an edited transcript of the discussion that occurred November 14, 2012, 7:00-8:15 PM, at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-55
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Experience
  • History
  • Literature
  • Memory
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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