Science on Tap, March 24, 2014

Food, beer and great conversation…
Monday, March 24 at the Stony Brook Yacht Club
21 Shore Rd, Stony Brook

Science on Tap asks: What do You Remember?  Hosted by Steven Reiner with guest, Nancy Franklin.  Doors open at 7:00pm, taping starts at 8:00pm.
“Ah, I remember it well…” But do you? In fact, at every moment of your life you unintentionally – and unconsciously – pick and choose what you notice.  Then as time goes by, you fill in the holes with guesswork and subsequent, perhaps unrelated, experiences.
This is why Dr. Nancy Franklin argues that we are both better than video cameras and much, much less reliable as recorders of information.  “People,” she says, “predictably get it wrong.” Dr. Franklin is often called upon to bring her understanding of how we get things wrong into the courtroom, where juries frequently make decisions of guilt or innocence based on the testimony of an eyewitness.  She will discuss with host Stephen Reiner her studies of eyewitness memory and identification and how it might be improved.  She will also share her insights into what our inevitably flawed recall of events means for how we interpret our own version of our lives.

In the spirit of Science on Tap, The Stony Brook Yacht Club bar will be open for business.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly suggested:  For reservations, email the  aldacenter@stonybrook.edu