Mental Time Travel and the Moustachio Quartet
Nicola Clayton, Clive Wilkins, 28/04/2016 3.30 PM, Link3
Mental time travel allows us to re-visit our memories and imagine future scenarios~ that’s why memories are not only about the past, they are also prospective. Our memories are not a fixed store of what happened; they are reassessed each time they are revisited and depend on the sequence in which events unfold. Nicky and Clive, a scientist and artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience, including through a series of novels ‘The Moustachio Quartet’ that can be read in any order. Join them for a fascinating talk incorporating science, literature, and the performing arts.
Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Nicky is psychologist, ornithologist and dancer. She has written numerous publications on cognition in crows and children. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and she is Scientist-in-Residence at Rambert (formerly Ballet Rambert).
Clive Wilkins is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Clive is a writer, fine art painter, and dancer. His paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries. His current newly published novel ‘The Moustachio Quartet’ appeared at the UK’s leading literary festival at Hay on Wye last year.
Nicky and Clive met on a dance floor… They are co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel and the subjective experience of thinking (https://claytonwilkins.wordpress.com).