The 2011 Think Art Conference took place on October 14th-15th at Boston University in the College of Fine Arts building located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215.
Last year’s conference topic included the investigation of self through the construction, management, and manipulation of memory. How do the individual—and society—remember?
Keynote Speaker: Professor Daniel Schacter, Harvard University
Daniel Schacter received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He subsequently developed a keen interest in amnesic disorders associated with various kinds of brain damage. Schacter attempted to integrate the clinical phenomenon of amnesia with experimental and theoretical analyses of normal human memory at the University of Toronto, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981, and at Oxford University, where he spent a year in 1978 as a visiting researcher. He remained on the faculty at Toronto for six years, joined the psychology department at the University of Arizona in 1987, and began as Professor of Psychology at Harvard in 1991.
Schacter’s research interests include analyses of memory, amnesia, and consciousness; the nature of memory distortion and the brain mechanisms underlying false or illusory memories; emotional influences on memory; and how memory is used to imagine or simulate possible future events. Schacter‘s research involves cognitive studies, neuropsychological analyses of patients with memory disorders, as well as functional brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Examples of recent fMRI research projects include studies of specificity effects in priming, the neural basis of true vs. false recognition, the encoding origins of true and false memories, and brain networks that underly remembering the past and imagining the future. Cognitive/behavioral studies have examined memory distortion and imagination in elderly adults, and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and have also explored mechanisms involved in reducing false recognition in younger and older adults. Schacter has published over 350 experimental and theoretical articles and chapters. Many of Schacter‘s studies are summarized in his 1996 book, Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past, and his 2001 book, The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.
The conference was organized into multiple panels, usually of three presenters each. All panelists, regardless of disciplinary background, were expected to prepare an oral presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length. A student respondent from Boston University offered an analysis of the presentations including questions to begin the discussion.
In addition to the panels, the conference also included an exhibition of artwork. The exhibit was on display at the Commonwealth Art Gallery located in the College of Fine Arts building.
Erica Ehrenbard, Karen Frostig, Linda Carreiro, Orion Wertz, Barbara Milot, Brian Harmon, Caroline McQuarrie, David Somers, Emily Stokes, Emily Wist, Florina Catalina Florescu, Gayil Nalls, JeremyDyer, Kelly Parvin, Sage Dawson, Sejal Patel, Shawn Michelle Smith, Stefan Petranek, Steven Labadessa, Taryn Wells, Toni Pepe