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The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False Memory Paperback – October 14, 2016
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"Truly fascinating." -- Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2 "Shaw's debut book is a spryly paced, fun, sometimes frightening exploration of how we remember - and why everyone remembers things that never truly happened ... Her book is equal parts breezy guide through the recent lessons we've learned about memory, and a loving tribute to the sometimes eccentric researchers who toiled away in the laboratory to uncover them ... Shaw's quirky charm enlivens the book throughout." Pacific Standard "Illuminating and instructive" The Tablet
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Dr Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University, and is one of only a handful of experts in the world who conduct research on complex memory errors related to emotional personal events—so-called "rich false memories." Dr Shaw has published research articles in various international academic journals, has written textbook chapters, is a regular contributor to the popular science magazine Scientific American, and gives guest lectures and conference presentations around the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
Interesting topic people never think about.
The information is somewhat frightening and strongly suggests that no one should ever be alone without someone who can document their activities. This is so because if you are ever accused of a crime you cannot rely on a fair and just outcome which could be based on verbal items entered as evidence.
Also as a scientist familiar, I have some questions about the citations regarding neural timing that were mentioned in this book.
The author has an excellent way of describing the false memory phenomenon in a thorough, but not boring way.
For those of you who enjoy details, it's all there.
But also she can explain complex terms in a surprisingly simple way. I can literally explain false memories to my grandmother now.
Other books on the topic are a little too heavy on the psycho babble, far too light on explaining it to a learner who isn't up to speed with the precise workings of the mind.
Another refreshing part of the book is that the author is actually likable - far too many of these kind of books are written in a cold and stuck up fashion.
The way she shares personal experiences and how she relates how malleable memories can be for all of us is quite comforting.
In short - the information pretty much covers all the bases, the author has a fun and human attitude, it's not too long and it makes me feel a bit more clever. Why not give it a look?
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