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Understanding Memory

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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Rating 4.6 based on 268 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor John Seamon
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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very interesting

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Very interesting course.

Include of a lot of movie that very interesting for watch it.

muy bueno Very interesting course with up-to-date information on memory.

ACTUALLY ENHANCES THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE OF THE MOVIE BESIDES THE INSIGHT Very interesting!

It was very interesting and helpful.

Movies were very interesting and planning to watch all of them with new perspective.Wish the summaries and important texts in the lecture was available as slides helping for quick review and recall.The same constant tone of voice made it difficult to keep awake and focus on the contentWished for more reading material each week rather than same book link.

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highly recommend

Highly recommended course.

This course about memory is very informative about a subject that everyone thinks about, around the world.We learn about the different types of memory, and about how age affects our memory as we get older, there are lectures on dementia and Alzheimers Disease, and a lecture on how to live healthy to keep our memory from aging early.The Professor uses movies to give us a visual on the topic discussed, which is a very helpful learning tool as well as entertaining.I highly recommend taking this course.

I highly recommend!

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Highly recommend this course for any person interested in memory or movies.

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I would highly recommend this course for those interested in memory and aging.

i enjoyed ever bit of them.i will recommend this course to others for sure Enjoyed the course.

I definitely recommend this course to others who would be interested In an interest section of psychology that affects us all, memory.

I highly recommend this course to anyone!

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really enjoyed

I learned a lot and really enjoyed the layout and material in the course.

I really enjoyed the presenter and have purchased his book so I could continue learning.

Overall, I really enjoyed the course and would gladly build on what I have taken away from it As the course has included movies to explain important concepts, it never gets boring.

Really enjoyed this course.

I was actually looking for filmstudy courses but i must say i really enjoyed this one.

Este curso ha sido muy instructivo I really enjoyed this class - it gave me some insight to how the mind works.

Great course, i really enjoyed it.

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Really entertaining way to learn about memory, I really enjoyed this course.

Although I study psychology at university, (and have studied memory in detail), it is great to watch and learn about memory through the cinematic lens.

This was a very interesting way to learn about memory!

The way in which you can learn about memory is just amazing.

The professor has a tone of voice that is a little monotonous, but it was interesting to learn about memory with movies The course was very interesting and easy most of the times to follow.

Yes, in this course you can learn about memory and have fun watching movies.

As I love movies, it was perfect to learn about memory using movies as illustration, examples.

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Thank you so much.

Thanks so much Excellent course with interesting materials to cover some ground about memories.

Thank you so much for offering this valuable life knowledge.

P I learned so much from this course.

And not to worry about my 80 year old parents so much.

I liked the professor and subject so much I bought the book.

Thank you so much for sharing this course!

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Rating 4.6 based on 268 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor John Seamon
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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