NIAS Public Lecture: "Reforming Forensic Science: Some Insights from Research on Vision and Memory"

NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme
Bengaluru 560 012


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Reforming Forensic Science: Some Insights from Research on Vision and Memory




Thomas D. Albright

Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Director of the Salk Institute Center for the Neurobiology of Vision

University of California, San Diego



Friday, 1st July, 2016 at 3.30 PM
(Tea/Coffee : 3.00 pm)

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560012


Chairperson: P Venkata Rayudu, Research Fellow, NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme


Abstract: In its 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, the US National Academy of Sciences identified a number of significant weaknesses in forensic science, which have contributed to wrongful convictions and threaten public confidence in our criminal justice system.  These problems have prompted broad calls for reform in the ways that forensic evidence is acquired, analyzed and interpreted.  Several types of forensic analyses involve evaluation of complex visual patterns or memories of visual experiences.  Advances in understanding of brain systems for visual sensation, perception and memory can help shape forensic reform by illuminating the relevant sensory and cognitive processes, their limitations, and factors that can improve human performance in a forensic context.


About the Speaker: Thomas D. Albright is Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he joined the faculty in 1986.  He is also Director of the Salk Institute Center for the Neurobiology of Vision and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego.  Albright is an authority on the neural basis of visual perception, memory and visually guided behavior.  His laboratory seeks to understand how visual perception is affected by attention, behavioral goals, and memories of previous experiences.  An important goal of this work is the development of therapies for blindness and perceptual impairments resulting from disease, trauma or developmental disorders of the brain.  A second aim of Dr. Albright’s work is to use our growing knowledge of brain, perception and memory to inform design in architecture and the arts, and to leverage societal decisions and public policy.  Albright received a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University.  He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an associate of the Neuroscience Research Program.  He is past-president of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (2012-2014), a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, and a member of the U.S. National Commission on Forensic Science.


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Friday, July 1, 2016