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The Memory Illusion: Remembering,…

The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False…

by Julia Shaw

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In this book, Dr. Julia Shaw talks about the science of memory: why and how we remember things, forget things and have "false" memories. The book is written in a very engaging, at times humourous, style. So, while the author is presenting the latest research into memory, the book is very accessible to the general reader.

The book is certainly informative and thought-provoking. It talks about how we can sometimes take someone else's memory and appropriate it as our own. The author talks about her own research where she successfully plants false memories in people -- in other words, where people are convinced they vividly remember a major event that never happened. She also writes about people with super-strong memories, and her work with police to ensure confessions are genuine and allegations are not based on false memories. All extremely interesting stuff. ( )
  LynnB | Nov 2, 2016 |
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Our memories are constructive. They're reconstructive. Memory works...like a Wikipedia page: you can go in there and change it, but so can other people. -- Professor Elizabeth Loftus
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184794762X, Paperback)

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. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why, or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if our minds have the potential for more profound errors, that enable the manipulation or even outright fabrication of our memories?

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 many denials and just one confession. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe they had tea with Prince Charles, or committed crimes that never happened. 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.

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