How we make memories and how memories make us – with Veronica O’Keane

From The Royal Institution.

Memories make us who we are, but how do we make memories? And what happens when the process goes wrong? Veronica O’Keane and James McConnachie explore the intricacies of the human brain.
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Psychosis is often a misunderstood medical condition. For all of us, the line between a functioning and a broken narrative is all too easily broken. Through her patients’ haunting stories of trauma and healing, Veronica reckons with contemporary taboos about psychosis and challenges some of the methods of her own profession.

Veronica O’Keane is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, where she leads a research programme in depression. The medical model of psychiatry she believes, is deeply inadequate to the task of repairing a broken narrative after a period of psychosis. Bringing the evidence of neuroscience to psychiatry and the richness of literature to her patient analysis, Veronica offers an original scientific and empathetic approach to understanding how memory is made and how to reframe and build a healthy narrative.

From a religious and conservative rural childhood, Veronica has made a remarkable journey through academia and feminism to become a recognised public figure in Ireland, having acted as an expert witness in the 2008 national debates to overturn the abortion law.

This livestream was recorded on 15th February 2022.

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