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Seminar talk by Kaja Mitrenga on 'observation inflations', 1-2pm on Wed 11th December in C2.06

Published: Wed 11 Dec 2013

You are invited to a seminar given by Kaja Mitrenga, from the Bradford Cognition and Brain Group, as part of the Division of Psychology seminar series.  Kaja will be telling us about results from her work on observation inflations, a type of memory error. The talk will be on Wednesday 11th December from 1-2pm, Chesham 2.06. 


Observation inflation is thought to be a relatively unknown type of 'false memory', in which observation of actions performed by another person (e.g. watering a plant) results in misremembering those actions as performed by oneself. A recent hypothesis by Lindner et al., (2010) suggests that 'mirror neurones' may be involved in the formation of these false memories.  Mirror neurones are a relatively new and exciting discovery in science in which a brain cell fires when both performing AND observing the same action.  We investigate observation inflations further in this study by looking at different types of actions.  The actions used were meaningful (e.g. watering a plant) meaningless (e.g. brushing your arm with a toothbrush) and communicative (e.g. waving hello).  As mirror neurones are thought to underlie primitive and even advanced communication abilities in humans we present the hypothesis that mirror neurones could be implicated in both observation inflation formation and the wider field of false memory research. 

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