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Understanding Memory: Explaining the Psychology of Memory through Movies

Wesleyan University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Psychology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 5 weeks long

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Welcome to Understanding Memory. Someone once said that memory is fascinating because sometimes we forget what we want to remember, sometimes we remember what we want to forget, and sometimes we remember events that never happened or never happened the way we remember them. I want to show you how memory works, why it sometimes fails, and what we can do to enhance it. Based on my recent book – Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us About Memory (MIT Press, 2015) – I will provide an introduction to the scientific study of human memory by focusing on a select group of topics that hold widespread appeal.

To facilitate your understanding, I will use clips from numerous films to illustrate different aspects of memory – describing what has been learned about memory in a nontechnical way for people with no prior background in psychology. Many of us love watching movies because they offer an unparalleled opportunity for entertainment, even if entertaining films are not always scientifically accurate. Still, I believe that we can learn a lot about memory from popular films, if we watch them with an educated eye. Welcome once more. I am looking forward to showing you what movies can teach us about memory.

John Seamon

Professor of Psychology Emeritus

Wesleyan University

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John Seamon

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Kaitlin H
5.0 2 years ago
by Kaitlin completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The professor was very knowledgeable and clearly has a passion for the topic. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the layout and material in the course. The use of films was a fun way to learn. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in memory. It's explained in a way that you can understand without any prior knowledge of the topic.
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Prof. John Seamon makes this course an absolute joy! Do not forgo the pleasure of taking this highly informative and enjoyable course!
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