As part of the exercise, students will:
Research a theory, concept, feature, quirk, or phenomenon relating to memory that’s relevant to this coruse and report it to the group.
They should be ideas that you haven’t encountered before, are relevant to the course and you find particularly interesting or exciting. The emphasis here is on discovery. Writing about concept you already know intimately defeats the point of the assignment, which is to deepen your familiarity with the field.
There are many interesting aspects to memory. This is your chance to explore one or more of them in a little depth. What you choose to explore is entirely up to you. You can interpret memory as broadly as you like and you can approach this exercise in multiple ways. You might for example,
Regardless of your approach. You should:
Then, share your discoveries with the group by reporting your findings in a 1-page summary incl. sources.
A starting point: This article on brainpickings is a good starting point to prime you on the basics of how memory works and the Guardian maintains a section of interesting and though-provoking articles on neuroscience, psychology and memory that might help point you in interesting directions.
Reflect on the outcomes of your research.
Come up with a series of questions and problem statements related to the idea of creating prosthetic technologies for human memory, capturing and representing experiences digitially, or networking, connecting or distributing memories.
The following are deliverables and will be presented and discussed in class:
A 1-page document summarising research on memory
A (small) set of questions and/or problem statements.
Share your research outcomes and questions to slack as a new Post to the #discoveries channel on slack.
The memory research should be a 1-page document (a Post, PDF, word doc, google doc are all acceptable)
The document should include a list of well formatted sources at the end of the document (including links to the original source) and should be illustrated.
Brewer WF (1988) Memory of randomly sampled autobiographical events. In: Neisser U, Winograd E, editors. Remembering reconsidered: Ecological and traditional approaches to the study of memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp 21–89.
See Library Section of course Website.