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About the Course

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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Aug 01, 2020

The material is presented in an easy to remember and understand format. Information is repeated several times during a lecture. The videos chosen enhanced understanding and engagement in the lectures.


Jun 03, 2020

one of the best course I did on Coursera. I really love learning memory and psychology at the same time. the examples given are really just awesome. One useful course during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Ángel R G

May 28, 2020

An excellent Course.

By dsvscc

Jun 25, 2019

Interesting, simple

By Dr. S M

Jul 17, 2020

Outstanding course

By Lvova A

Aug 25, 2018

Interesting doubly

By Ariadna R P

Jul 17, 2020

Es muy buen curso

By Maximus R

Jun 05, 2017

Very interesting!

By Derik B

Apr 15, 2017

Very good course.

By Alfred M

Jun 10, 2019

very nice course

By Abdulah H

Jun 05, 2017

Excellent course

By Erin S

Oct 03, 2016

Very insightful

By Manasa V

Dec 25, 2018

nice course :)

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Jul 01, 2018


By Melissa R

Mar 31, 2018

Es excelente!

By Tatiana P W

Jul 31, 2017

Great course!

By Dawn D S

Aug 05, 2016

Great Course!

By Kleber L d S

Jun 04, 2020

Ótimo curso.

By louis f d m p s

Apr 12, 2020

I forgot it!

By 杨阳

Jun 05, 2017

great course

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Sep 20, 2016


By Roman S

Jul 03, 2016

Good times!

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May 23, 2020


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By Angela T

Jun 15, 2018

Thank you!