The Memory Illusion

The Memory Illusion
Publisher Doubleday Canada
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Category Psychology
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780385685306
Rating 3/5 from 2 reviews
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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. 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 we have the potential for more profound errors of memory, even verging on outright fabrication and self-deception? 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.

The Memory Illusion
  • Author : Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13

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

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The Memory Illusion
  • Author : Dr Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-06-16

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Truly fascinating.' Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2 - Have you ever forgotten the name of someone you’ve met dozens of times? - Or discovered that your memory of an important event was completely different from everyone else’s? - Or vividly recalled being in a particular

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The Memory Illusion
  • Author : Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-06-16

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

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Evil
  • Author : Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2019-02-12

An original and scientifically rigorous exploration of the darkest recesses of the human mind. What is it about evil that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we seem inescapably drawn to the stories of monstrous acts and the aberrant people who

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Cognitive Illusions
  • Author : Rüdiger F Pohl
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-22

Cognitive Illusions explores a wide range of fascinating psychological effects in the way we think, judge and remember in our everyday lives. Featuring contributions from leading researchers, the book defines what cognitive illusions are and discusses their theoretical status: are such illusions proof for a faulty human information-processing system, or

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The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-05-23

Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in

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Associative Illusions of Memory
  • Author : David Gallo
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2013-05-13

The last decade has seen a flurry of experimental research into the neurocognitive underpinnings of illusory memories. Using simple materials and tests (e.g., recalling words or pictures), methods such as the famed Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) task have attracted considerable attention. These tasks elicit false memories of nonstudied events that are

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The Knowledge Illusion
  • Author : Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14

“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen

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Mind Is Flat
  • Author : Nick Chater
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-07

In a radical reinterpretation of how the mind works, an eminent behavioral scientist reveals the illusion of mental depth Psychologists and neuroscientists struggle with how best to interpret human motivation and decision making. The assumption is that below a mental “surface” of conscious awareness lies a deep and complex set

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Your Day  Your Way
  • Author : Timothy Caulfield
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2020-12-01

Part pop-science, part self-help, Your Day. Your Way. is a friendly, funny, fact-based guide to changing how you make decisions in order to live a better -- maybe even your best -- life. We make, and worry about, a thousand big and little decisions during our waking hours. And for

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The Seven Sins of Memory
  • Author : Daniel L. Schacter
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2002-05-07

A New York Times Notable Book: A psychologist’s “gripping and thought-provoking” look at how and why our brains sometimes fail us (Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works). In this intriguing study, Harvard psychologist Daniel L. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in everyday life, placing them

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The One and Only Dylan St  Claire
  • Author : Kamen Edwards
  • Publisher : Doubleday Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020

"Dylan St. Claire faces a week of anguish when he fails to get cast as the star in the school musical and lands the role of a squirrel instead"--

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Cognitive Illusions
  • Author : Rüdiger F Pohl
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06

Cognitive Illusions investigates a wide range of fascinating psychological effects in the way we think, judge and remember in our everyday lives. At the beginning of each chapter, leading researchers in the field introduce the background to phenomena such as illusions of control, overconfidence and hindsight bias. This is followed

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My Illusion My Mistake
  • Author : Akshat Jain
  • Publisher : BlueRose Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-02-24

Couples around the globe marry when in love. But in some parts of the world, and especially in India, the term ‘Marriage’ is quite confusing. In India, ‘Love’ and ‘Marriage’ are thought to be two completely different entities. They can’t exist together. If somehow they do, then the tedious

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Adventures in Memory
  • Author : Hilde Østby,Ylva Østby
  • Publisher : Greystone Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-10-09

A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory. What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors—

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