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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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Mar 10, 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.


Mar 19, 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.

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By Corinne S

Mar 25, 2016

Really interesting and informative. I highly recommend!

By Eyram

Jul 20, 2017

This was a very interesting way to learn about memory!

By Antonio M

Feb 14, 2017

Interesante, ameno y bien explicado. Recomendable 100%


Sep 28, 2017

Thank you for such interesting and insightful course!

By Louisa T

Nov 25, 2018

If you are a movie buff, you would love this course!

By Muhammet M F

Jun 13, 2017

It is easy to follow, clear and informative. Thanks!

By Sara B

Feb 09, 2018

Thoroughly fascinating and understandable Thank you

By Lisa P

Jul 05, 2018

Great learning through lectures and movie examples

By Wai S H

Apr 10, 2017

Great course. I've learned a lot thru the touching


Aug 07, 2016

Outstanding course. To the point and expectations.

By Humberto G

May 21, 2016

Excellent. Great examples and easy to understand.

By ayse

May 13, 2016

I find these videos very informative. Thank you.

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 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 amira e

Aug 15, 2018

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

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 ji e p

Jan 06, 2017

thank you understanding memory!i like this

By Elena M

Jan 05, 2019

Thank you! The course is really useful.

By Radhika

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 Igor K

Feb 24, 2017

Wondefull course from create lecture