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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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Jul 31, 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 2, 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 Jeevika p

Jun 18, 2020

nice course .. expands our level of imagination..

By Humberto G

May 20, 2016

Excellent. Great examples and easy to understand.

By ayse

May 13, 2016

I find these videos very informative. Thank you.


Jun 8, 2020

I gained good information and enjoyed learning.

By احمد ا

Mar 12, 2018

one of the most enjoyable & informative courses


Jul 13, 2016

One of the best courses I ever had on Coursera!

By Samhita J

Aug 25, 2020

Got to know new about the way brain functions.

By luisa f m

Nov 15, 2016

an excelent and useful course I really like it


Feb 18, 2016

Interesting, enjoyable,and well taught course!

By Lea P

May 23, 2021

Very engaging. I learned stuff. Great class.

By Sotirios F

Nov 6, 2020

Unique course experience!!Thank you so much!!

By Vikentios M

Jan 8, 2021

This course was really helpful and enjoyable

By Martha B

Aug 22, 2020

I loved it so much! Very didatic and useful!

By Ajay C

Jul 2, 2020

A great course. The talk as kept interesting

By Sergio T

Jun 5, 2020

un buen curso, claro, sencillo y entretenido

By Amira E

Aug 15, 2018

i'm in the first weak but i loved it already

By Maria C F L

Aug 30, 2020

Great lectures on a very interesting topic.

By Akshat J

Jun 29, 2018

A brilliant course. It is a must do course.


Oct 22, 2017

easy to grasp concepts , interesting medium

By Hasan P

Jan 26, 2017

It is a very informative course for memory.

By 2019PELA041

Oct 25, 2020

It was really good and engaging throughout

By ji e p

Jan 5, 2017

thank you understanding memory!i like this

By Ana

Oct 11, 2020

An excellent, fun and interesting course

By Elena M

Jan 5, 2019

Thank you! The course is really useful.

By Tiffany

Nov 30, 2021

very fun, educational. Easy to follow.