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PsychologyTerm (Time)SemanticsPersonal Development

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Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Catalan, Korean, English, Spanish, Hungarian...

Learners taking this Course are

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Artists
  • Translators

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Memory Processes and Memory Movies

5 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 1: Sometimes Life Imitates Art - Film: 50 First Dates6m
Lecture 2: What is Memory? - Film: Finding Nemo10m
Lecture 3: Memory's Everyday Function13m
Lecture 4: Using Films to Tell Stories About Memory - Film: The Princess Bride5m
1 reading
Suggested Readings for Module 1 (optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Memory Processes and Memory Films28m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Making Long Lasting Memories

6 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Lecture 6: Creating Long Lasting Memories - Film: Cast Away20m
Lecture 7: Facing the Future by Looking Backward - Film: Groundhog Day9m
Lecture 8: Different Ways of Remembering - Film: Crash11m
Lecture 9: Where Do We Keep Our Memories - Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind10m
Lecture 10: Memory Champs, Mnemonics, and Savants - Movie: Rain Man17m
1 reading
Suggested Readings for Module 2 (optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Making Memories that Last28m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Autobiographical Memories and Life Stories

6 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Lecture 12: Tell Me a Story About You - Film: Slumdog Millionaire12m
Lecture 13: Emotion, Empathy, and Movies - Film: Cinema Paradiso: The New Version12m
Lecture 14: Distant Memories - Film: Titanic13m
Lecture 15: Unforgettable Moments - Film: Unchained Memories: The Slave Narratives10m
Lecture 16: Remember Me - Film: The Joy Luck Club7m
1 reading
Suggested Readings for Module 3 (optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Autobiographical Memories and Life Stories28m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Understanding the Reality of Amnesia

5 videos (Total 66 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 18: Organic Amnesia from Brain Injuries - Film: The Music Never Stopped16m
Lecture 19: Lost and Found Memories: Dissociative Amnesia - Film: The Return of the Soldier12m
Lecture 20: Lost and Found Memories: Dissociative Fugue - Film: The Majestic11m
Lecture 21: Memory's Most Studied Mind - Film: Memento15m
1 reading
Suggested Readings for Module 4 (optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Understanding the Reality of Amnesia28m
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Top reviews from Understanding Memory: Explaining the Psychology of Memory through Movies

By MPMar 19th 2017

This was a fascinating course and the movie content he used was amazing. I would like to look into it further and am hoping there was a similar course or an extra course to expand on the content.

By ADMar 10th 2017

As the course has included movies to explain important concepts, it never gets boring. As a result a link is maintained throughout. It is a small course giving a great understanding about memory.

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John Seamon

Professor Emeritus
Psychology

About Wesleyan University

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