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Department of Cognitive Science

Memory Day 2013 Workshop

11-12 December 2013, Macquarie University, Sydney


Memory Day 2013 is the 6th workshop in a series hosted by the Department of Cognitive Science since 2007.  The workshops are produced by the Collective Cognition Team and have been funded by ARC Discovery Projects grants since the inception of the series.  In emerging international, national, and local collaborations, our group of researchers from across the Cognitive Science, Education, and Psychology departments at Macquarie University is focused on understanding the role of collaboratively remembering the past with others, including how such shared remembering affects healthy aging.  This workshop will showcase researchers, projects, and new collaborations that examine themes of memory, aging, and intervention research.  This Workshop brings together researchers from across the University, Australia, and worldwide as both speakers and audience members to discuss Memory, Cognition, and Collaboration in Aging, Memory Intervention: Translating from the Lab to the Wild, and Social and Autobiographical Memory, to synthesize our distinct backgrounds and to consolidate plans for ongoing collaborative research.


The conference will be held in Room 1.200 (Lecture Theatre) at the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia.

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  • Dr David Balota, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Associate Professor Amanda Barnier, Macquarie University.
  • Associate Professor Janet Ducheck, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Professor Michael Fine, Macquarie University.
  • Associate Professor Michelle Meade, Montana State University
  • Professor Elaine Reese, University of Otago.
  • Speaker Bios


Public Forum - "Healthy Aging and Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease: A Paradigm Shift in Research"

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Professor David Balota, Washington university in St. Louis

Professor Balota will present evidence suggesting that there are neural changes in the brain at least a decade before the onset of a clinical diagnosis.  Because there is neuronal damage prior to diagnosis, there has been an increased emphasis on early behavioural and biological markers that predict later transition from healthy aging to early stage dementia. Evidence will be reviewed which integrates research from neurology, neuroimaging, and cognitive science in an attempt to better understand the disease in its earliest stages. Recent work will be presented which targets genetic disorders that allow for novel approaches to understanding basic mechanisms and provides a platform for investigations of potential treatments.

This session will be chaired by Lynne Malcolm from ABC's "All in the Mind" radio program. The public is invited to attend this lecture and join in the post-lecture discussion with Professor Balota.


Dr. Adam Congleton
Tel: +612 9850 2959

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