Donnerstag, 06. Juni 2024
11:00 - 12:00
B18.005 (Brig Campus)
and online

This talk will summarise a line of experimental work, both laboratory-based and naturalistic, investigating how people use external tools and reminders to help them remember.

Key questions are:

  1. how do people decide between storing information in internal memory or external reminders;
  2. how does this process change across the lifespan;
  3. how does it relate to underlying brain activity;
  4. what are the downstream consequences for memory?

I will argue that cognitive offloading is experimentally tractable and guided by metacognitive processes. Computational modelling suggests that it can also be seen as a form of value-based decision making. These results suggest real-world interventions that could improve people’s adaptive use of cognitive tools.

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Prof. Sam Gilbert is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL