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Research Seminars – University of Reading

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Research Seminars

These seminars are open to all students, staff, and the public. They run from 1pm - 2pm in room 1L08 (Agriculture Building). 

Following the seminar, refreshments are available and an opportunity to meet with the speaker in Harry Pitt (Psychology Building) room GS01, next to Psychology Clinical Language Sciences reception.

Thursday 18 October

Professor Michael Grandisar, Flinders University Australia

Sleep disorders in children and adolescents: the use of technology at bed time.


Introducer: Dr Faith Orchard (

Thursday 25 october



Thursday 1 november


Thursday 8 November

Professor Martin Conway, City University 

Autobiographical Memory


Introducer: Professor Judi Ellis (

Martin is a highly respected internationally recognised expert in autobiographical memory. He is one of 3-5 researchers who instigated research in this area in the late 1980s and had since had a major influence in its theoretical development.

In his presentation to us he will be discussing his recent research on the nature and role of reported early (and potentially inaccurate/implausible) autobiographical memories. His abstract for this talk is provided below:

In a large web-based survey of people's very first memory over 6400 respondents dated their first memory. The mean age of the first memory was found to be 3.2 years which is in good agreement with many previous studies. However, 39% of the sample dated their earliest memory to 2 years and younger, with over 800 dating their first memory to the first year of life. These fictional memories are discussed in terms of the life story. In two separate studies large groups of the police, memory researchers and the general public completed a questionnaire on beliefs about (autobiographical) memory. The police and general public shared what was identified as the common sense memory belief system that featured, strongly, the belief that memories were like videos as well as a number of other erroneous beliefs, none of which were held by the memory researchers. We propose that memory is in general a belief system and that many memories are 'fictional' in the sense that they do not correspond to or derive from experiences but rather provide coherence and meaning to the life story.

Thursday 15 november


Thursday 22 november


Thursday 29 November

Professor Erika Forbes, University of Pittsburgh

Adolescent Depression and Neurobiology


Introducer: Dr Ciara McCabe (

Thursday 6 December


Thursday 13 December



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