Florey Events

Posted on 12/05/2016

Active Memory – where did I put the keys!!

Following on from the success of the initial series last year, the Florey and Melbourne City U3A are again joining forces to bring the latest news on neuroscience to you.

This year’s series sees the return of some of the most popular speakers beginning with Florey Director and international leader in stroke researcher, Prof Geoffrey Donnan AO. New to the series will be some of the Florey’s brightest younger researchers.

All lectures except October 4 will be held at the Florey, 30 Royal Parade at 11 am.  Lectures will run for 45 minutes followed by a Q & A of 30 minutes.


Back by popular demand, Professor Robert Wood will entertain, inform and uplift the audience with his talk about our brain and why we need to keep it active.

Prof Wood is a psychologist and currently the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership (CEL)​.He is also Lead researcher and Professor of Psychology at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health researching the cognitive motivational dynamics of learning and problem solving complex tasks.  Prof Wood is a co-developer of the ABC’s Active Memory program.

Prof Wood will talk about the times when our memory leaves us high and dry: standing and staring blankly into the fridge; introducing a colleague before realising we can’t recall their name; discovering the car keys you thought were in your hand are no longer there. It is somewhat comforting to know that short-term memory lapses such as these are not uncommon. Yet they can still be disconcerting, particularly as our birthdays tick by and we begin to wonder whether we are simply becoming a bit barmy. In this fascinating lecture, Robert Wood will explore how cognitive training can be used to promote better everyday use of our mental abilities, with small improvements in memory, flexibility, attention and knowledge potentially having a significant impact our lives.

Getting here

Car parking, including disability parking, is available under the building with easy access to our office. ($12 for first 4 hours, $25 for more than 4 hours, $8 after 5pm).  We recommend you bring some gold coins to pay for your parking ticket. Street parking (also paid) is available but can be limited in this area.

Public transport: Tram 19, Stop 11 (announced as the “Melbourne University” stop) .heading away from the city to the Kenneth Myer Building (opposite Royal Melbourne Hospital). Look for the Dr Dax cafe sign and you’ll know you’re there.

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