BBC Radio 3 – The Strangeness of Memory

Radio 3 broadcast a series of programmes on the nature of memory from Monday – Friday of this week (9 – 13 October).  ‘The Essay’ was five programmes each dealing with a different subject, under the heading of ‘The Strangeness of Memory’.

The series’ episodes were:


  1. Touching the Void. Adam Zeman (Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, University of Exeter). The void of amnesia and how it impacts identity and consciousness.
  2. False Memories. Chris French (Chris French, Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London). Examining childhood memories and analysing their accuracy.
  3. The Fallibility of Memory. Fiona Gabbert (Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London).
  4. The Tricks of Memory. David Shanks (Head of Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London). How do we remember facts or details?
  5. Memory and the Landscape. Catherine Loveday (Principle Lecturer, University of Westminster). The relationship between memory loss and landscape.


The series was recorded at The Reading Room of the Wellcome Collection.

The programmes are now available to hear on BBC iPlayer: