CHBH Seminar Series: Professor Steve Lindsay

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Wednesday 4th December 2019 (13:00-14:00)
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Dr Ali Mazaheri:
Mr Chris Anderson:
Dr Emily Loftus:

We are pleased to announce that Professor Steve Lindsay from University of Victoria, Canada will be presenting a CHBH Seminar on Wednesday 4th December at 13:00.

The Source Monitoring Framework

How does the mind/brain differentiate fact from fancy, perception from inference? How do we distinguish creating a novel tune from remembering someone else’s melody? How do we discriminate memories of what we witnessed at the scene of a crime from memories of a co-witness’s description of what happened?  In the most general terms, how does the mind/brain identify the sources of its own contents?  The central premise of the source-monitoring framework (SMF) is that the origins of our sensations, thoughts, images, and feelings are not abstractly and unambiguously specified and labelled a priori but rather are inferred by the mind/brain (usually very rapidly and without conscious reflection) on the basis of their content in the course of our experiencing them. Most of the time the inferences are correct, but often the accessed information is insufficient to support a source attribution and occasionally a mental event from one source is misattributed to another. In the realm of gustatory experience, for example, inputs from the nose are routinely misattributed to the tongue; lacking olfaction it is reportedly difficult to distinguish an apple from a potato, but when one savours an orange pippin the lovely flavour sensations seem to come from the mouth. The core idea of the SM framework is that the multiple dimensions of source are inferred from the contents and qualities of the thoughts/images/feelings in question (e.g., a mental event with the characteristics of a memory is likely to experienced as memory, especially if the person's current goals are oriented toward remembering).  It is widely accepted that automatic inferential processes guide and bias the interpretation of sensory input in the creation of perceptual experience.  According to the SMF, analogous inferential processes guide and bias the interpretation of thoughts, images, and feelings that are products of past experiences, knowledge, and/or inference.​


CHBH Seminars are free to attend and are open to all, both within and outside the University. Booking is not required.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Ali Mazaheri (, Mr Chris Anderson ( or Dr Emily Loftus (