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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books; 01 edition (16 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184794762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847947628
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truly fascinating." (Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2)

"Shaw’s debut book is a spryly paced, fun, sometimes frightening exploration of how we remember – and why everyone remembers things that never truly happened … Her book is equal parts breezy guide through the recent lessons we’ve learned about memory, and a loving tribute to the sometimes eccentric researchers who toiled away in the laboratory to uncover them … Shaw's quirky charm enlivens the book throughout." (Pacific Standard)

"Illuminating and instructive" (The Tablet)

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A fascinating exploration of the fallibility of memory and how easily our brains can be misled.

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Psychologists have been interested in human memory for centuries and useful memory aids have been around for as long. It is an amazing facility and works astonishingly well for much of the time. Julia Shaw takes us around the brain and shows how memories are formed. Whatever we say to the contrary she makes it plain that we can’t remember anything before about 2-3 years, it is impossible to remember our birth. It is possible, though, to create an imaginary and convincing scenario of that event. She draws on research from the last few decades to demonstrate how memory is not infallible and can be tampered with or just get muddled. She spends a lot of time in creating false memories so that people become convinced that they experienced events that never actually happened to them. She shows that eyewitness testimony can easily be mistaken or altered and has a special warning for those who investigate crimes. Well meaning but ill informed investigators can easily mislead people they interview. She also found that erroneous beliefs, such as thinking that memory is like a video tape, are held by many people including some police officers. Social media can affect our memories nowadays and overall our memories are limited or shaped by what we are interested in and pay attention to. Rightly, to my mind, she criticises the expression False Memory Syndrome but although there is no such syndrome she makes it clear that there are false memories and memory science has proved this beyond doubt. In the memory wars Shaw is very much against Freud and his theory of repression of sexual abuse as the cause of mental health problems. His patients had no memories of such events but their denial confirmed to Freud that he was right! Apparently, the Nobel committee dismissed Freud’s ideas as having no scientific value.Read more ›
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Excellent intro for the non specialist to the pitfalls of remembering. Our memories are not video recorders after all ..... more like creative musicians, taking a bit from here and a bit from there. A valuable corrective to the popular images of memory that have been so much influenced by Hollywood Freud of the 1960's.
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I read this book on recommendation of my sister, who found the German translation helpful in terms of memory function. I second this opinion as a useful knowledge base when monitoring my personal memories and those of others, marvelling at amazing aspects of diversity.
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Very quick delivery, after being taught by Dr. Shaw in university it made sense to purchase, turned up quick and is a very interesting read
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