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Ep 25. Dr. Lewis-Peacock: Resilience, Memory, and Forgetting

By Nate Eckman

Dr. Jarrod Lewis-Peacock is a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas Austin. His research focuses on memory, attention, neural decoding, and neurofeedback. Additionally, he is the Principal Investigator at the LewPea Lab, a cognitive neuroscience lab which explores how automatic and controlled processes contribute to goal-directed behavior. He is most famous for stating that forgetting is crucial to a resilience and identity. On the topic of resilience, mental health is frequently included in any discussion on resilience. How one defines mental health is murky. There are the obvious avenues: ensure you are getting enough sleep, socializing frequently, etc. Dr. Jarrod Lewis-Peacock’s work argues that memory and forgetfulness should be considered just as much as any of these other characteristics. Forgetfulness seems like an odd trait for resilience. Understandable in the aftermath of trauma, otherwise memory appears to be the triumphal trait. After speaking with Dr. Lewis-Peacock the best analogy that comes to mind is that eating is to memorizing as forgetting is to fasting. Both play an integral role in balancing our somatic and neurological processes. Our conversation delved into the topics of brains as microprocessors, the effects that patient H.M had to the field of neuroscience, and how novel technologies impact the human capacity to remember. It was an absolute pleasure to have Dr. Lewis-Peacock on Resilient Us. Any student of his is fortunate to have his influence over their research. You can reach Dr. Lewis-Peacock and his team via his lab’s webpage, here. As always, please send any show feedback or guest requests to me! Thank you for listening. If you liked the show, please share it with a friend.

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