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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.


Feb 6, 2021

This is a great course.I'm a film lover and a psychology student.This method of learning [learning through movies] more effect than the usual learning. Hope to see more courses like this in future.

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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 P

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 P

Nov 30, 2021

​very fun, educational. Easy to follow.

By Başak s

Apr 14, 2020

Great course with wonderful takeaways.

By Linda P J J

Oct 24, 2020

Absolutely insightful lecture series!

By Radhika S

Jul 22, 2019

Amazing and very informative course!!

By daniela g v

Apr 22, 2019

So good to be true. I love the curse.

By Guadalupe G

Mar 14, 2021

Very informative and easy to follow.

By Geri A O

Oct 12, 2020

a very interesting psychology course

By Igor K

Feb 24, 2017

Wondefull course from create lecture

By Natalia O

Oct 5, 2016

A great course with a great teacher!

By Phil R

May 22, 2016

Thanks for vividly alerting me to wh