Yesterday, I went to a LASER talk at University of California, Berkeley. LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is a program of gatherings that brings artists and scientists for presentations and conversations with an audience. Every gathering has 4 presenters. The topics were memory, Autodesk Pier 9, philosophy, and a modern composer.
The memory presentation was the most interesting to me. Loren Frank, a researcher at UCSF, talked about what a memory really is. He talked about consolidation, which is the process of cementing a memory into visual, auditory, and olfactory areas. Then, he explored the 2 types of memory, episodic (experimental) and semantic (factual).
I really enjoyed listening to the LASER talks and I hope that next time I will be able to ask questions for an engaging conversation!