Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub is an informal monthly event. If  you are unfamiliar with Skeptics in the Pub, it started in 1999 in London as a regular lecture series on all things skeptical.  It provided an opportunity for rational thinkers to meet and discuss all things skeptical as well as have a monthly presentation by a renowned skeptic or even believer followed by a Q&A. 

Skeptics has spread across the UK and we have had a group in Aberdeen since September 2010. There are over a dozen Skeptics in the Pub in England, but this is only one of three groups in Scotland (the others being Glasgow and Edinburgh).

The organisers of Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub are Heather Doran and Sonia Watson. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of every month at Cellar 35 (check every event for final details as these arrangements could change). Our meetings are informal and everyone is very chatty so do not be afraid of coming if you are on your own.

Coming along to a Skeptics in the Pub event is free, although to pay for speakers expenses we do ask for donations.

For more details, or if you have a talk you think we might like to host, feel free to contact one of the organisers using the contact page, or just come along to the next event!

Find us on Facebook and on Twitter at @ABDN_SITP or Heather at @hapsci, Sonia at @nonisa, or Lee at @java7nerd.

Just how reliable can our memory for events be?

Dr Sarah Henderson

Thursday, December 10 2015 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Dr Sarah Henderson

What's the talk about?

We know how important eyewitnesses can be in the legal system; having someone who directly witnessed an event and can give first hand knowledge of exactly what happened is invaluable at all stages of an investigation. However a key question that sometimes gets overlooked is just how reliable is memory?

Witnesses can be genuine, confident but still inaccurate. Issues such as stress, questioning styles, the passage of time, and the influence of other sources can contaminate our memories. In this talk we’ll see how easily memories can be distorted, and the implications of this.

Sarah Henderson is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology in the School of Applied Social Studies at The Robert Gordon University. Her research interests include the effects oftress and questioning styles on memory, along with other aspects of forensic psychology.