Enjoying tales of dystopian futures and cake

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing your attention; what one movie or television show has caught your eye; and what album/song, podcast or radio show are you lending an ear to.

Psychology professor Laura Batterink is a member of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.

Today, she takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

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Right now I’m reading Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji, which was a Christmas gift. It’s a dystopian novel that explores what would happen if we could exchange all of our true past memories with a set of new false memories, essentially becoming a new person with a new personal history. As a memory researcher I find the memory aspect of the novel especially intriguing.


My husband and I just recently finished the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a really gripping series, with very relevant and timely themes, though it can be emotionally wrenching at times. If I want to watch something more lighthearted, I enjoy a good episode of The Great British Baking Show.


I’m a fan of First Aid Kit. Some of my favourite songs are Blue, Silver Lining, Stay Gold and Emmylou. I like the mellow, harmonic singer-songwriter/folk style.

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