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CCN Brown Bag Series

Wednesday, February 13, 2019,

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  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 115

Sean Polyn, PhD

Department of Psychology 

Vanderbilt University

"The control of semantic and episodic memory"

The human episodic memory system supports the ability to remember one’s past experience, while the semantic memory system supports memory for one’s general knowledge about the world and the people, places, and things within it. These systems are highly interdependent and interactive: The semantic memory system allows one to construct representations of the features and details making up an experience, and the episodic memory system rapidly binds these semantic representations to a unique spatiotemporal context. In this talk, I’ll describe theories and experimental work (from our lab and others) that inform our understanding of how these pieces fit together to allow us to flexibly access, manipulate, and retrieve episodic and semantic memories.