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Daniel Schacter, professor and chair of psychology at Harvard University, will deliver a lecture for the Assembly Series titled "The Fragile Power of Human Memory" at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, in Graham Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Schacter's research interests center on cognitive and neuropsychological analyses of memory, amnesia and consciousness, with particular emphasis on the distinction between implicit and explicit memory and, more recently, on brain mechanisms of memory distortion. He also is interested in applying basic research findings concerning memory to everyday life.
Schacter is the author of two books, "Stranger Behind the Engram: Theories of Memory and the Psychology of Science" (1982) and "Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past" (1996). "Searching for Memory" was listed as one of the New York Times Book Review's Notable Books of the Year in 1996 and won the American Psychological Association's William James Book Award in 1997.
Schacter has been at Harvard since 1991. He taught at the University of Arizona from 1987 to 1991 and at the University of Toronto from 1981 to 1987.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1974 and earned both master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto in 1977 and 1981, respectively.
For more information, visit the Assembly Series web page (http://wupa.wustl.edu/assembly) or call (314) 935-5285.