The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting And The Science Of False Memory

November 28, 2017|
The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting And The Science Of False Memory by Julia Shaw
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Forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw reveals why we are all unreliable narrators of our own life stories.

Think you have a good memory? Think again.
     Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate record of the past we like to think they are.
     In The Memory Illusion, forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our brains can indeed be led astray. She shows why we can sometimes misappropriate other people's memories, subsequently believing them to be our own. She explains how police officers can imprison an innocent man for life on the basis of 300 denials and just one confession. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe that they brutally murdered a loved one, or were abducted by aliens. And she reveals how, in spite of all this, we can improve our memory through simple awareness of its fallibility.
     Fascinating and unnerving in equal measure, The Memory Illusion offers a unique insight into the human brain, challenging you to question how much you can ever truly know about yourself.
Dr. JULIA SHAW is senior lecturer in criminology at London South Bank University in the UK, where she has worked since 2015. She was previously a lecturer in forensic psychology at the University of Bedfordshire and before that taught courses on forensic psychology at the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo. A...
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Title:The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting And The Science Of False MemoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.77 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.77 inPublished:November 28, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385685319

ISBN - 13:9780385685313

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