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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 Monika M

Oct 23, 2017

Excellent learning program

By Cynthia M

Mar 12, 2016

Definitely worth the time!

By Marta F

Jan 29, 2018

Very interesting course!!

By Andrea L

Jul 27, 2017

Awesome, inspiring course

By Serena A P K

Nov 2, 2016

Intriguingly interesting!

By Esthefanny V C

Aug 2, 2020

I really need that book.

By Maria C G B

Jan 15, 2018

He's an amazing teacher!

By 蔚鹏霞

Sep 4, 2017

It's very helpful to me.

By Carmen

Jul 29, 2017

Inte, easy to follow and


Jun 30, 2019

An amazing experience

By Soumya G

Feb 20, 2018


By Farid H

Mar 8, 2016

Wesleyan I LOVE YOU!!

By Natwannathat D

Mar 18, 2021

Good course to learn

By Ángel R

May 28, 2020

An excellent Course.

By Dora T

Jan 4, 2021

It was magnificent!

By Kathleen R

Nov 17, 2020

Fun and Interesting

By dsvscc

Jun 24, 2019

Interesting, simple

By Dr. S M

Jul 17, 2020

Outstanding course

By Анастасия Л

Aug 25, 2018

Interesting doubly

By Claudia S S S

May 24, 2021

Curso Excelente!!

By Ariadna R

Jul 17, 2020

Es muy buen curso

By Rafalskyi M

Jun 5, 2017

Very interesting!

By Derik B

Apr 15, 2017

Very good course.

By Alfred M

Jun 9, 2019

very nice course

By Abdulah H

Jun 5, 2017

Excellent course