Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience
Prof. Kia Nobre
On the topic of
Perceiving with the benefit of hindsight
Memories are about the past but they serve the future. Much of memory research emphasises the rearward arrow of memory, acting to remember aspects of the past. Instead, in this talk I will focus on the forward arrow of memory, acting to anticipate relevant elements to come and thus guide perception. Memories of different types and over multiple timescales shape what we pick up and act upon from the boundless offerings in the environment. In and of themselves, memories are formed according to their expected future demands. Their traces are selective, adaptive, and prospective. New findings help us rethink the quality and purpose of memories, moving from inert representational states to proactive functional states.