A University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) professor based in the university’s nationally acclaimed Callier Center for Communication Disorders will give a lecture Wednesday, Oct. 6, comparing the age-related differences in individuals’ interpretations of their experiences at the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
Dr. Hanna K. Ulatowska, a research specialist in neurolinguistics, will present “Mental Representation of Auschwitz Experiences: The Perspective of Child and Adult Survivors” from 2 to 3 p.m. in the McDermott Library Auditorium (Room MC 2.410). The talk, which is part of the library’s annual lecture series, is free and open to the public.
Ulatowska says that she knows of no other study that focuses on how children differ from adults in trying to understand the death camp experiences later in their lives. In her study, she examined 70 reports from two groups of Polish survivors – one of children and one of young adults.
“The primary goal of the investigation was to compare the verbal reports of the groups, as they reflected differences in their mental representation of camp experiences,” Ulatowska said. “Points of comparison included the types of events and emotions that were reported, the means of interpreting good and evil and ways of coping with hardship. This study contributes in part to recent research interests in aging, the integration of life experiences and the evolution of wisdom.”
For additional information on the lecture series, please contact Tom Koch at (972) 883-4951.