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Are we really in touch with reality?

This lecture will consider how well we understand reality, and how the 'reality' experience by different people may not be the same.

  • 13 May 2020, 9.00am to 13 May 2020, 10.00am BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free
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People think they are in touch with reality. They think they sense things as they really are and their memories are accurate records of these experiences. But psychology shows that what we experience as 'reality' and what we remember is constructed on a moment-to-moment basis in the brain, and different brains may experience and remember the world differently.

This lecture will try and help you see that your experience of 'reality' is but one version of reality, and that this reality can be different from other people’s experience. It will explore whether our experience of reality is based solely on sensory information, whether our experience of reality is different from other people’s experience of reality, and whether our memories are accurate records of the past.


Richard Joiner is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath.

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