You Are Not So Smart

Julia Shaw's research demonstrates the fact that there is no reason to believe a memory is more accurate just because it is vivid or detailed. Actually, that’s a potentially dangerous belief.

Shaw used techniques similar to police interrogations, and over the course of three conversations she and her team were able to convince a group of college students that those students had committed a felony crime.

In this episode, you’ll hear her explain how easy it is to implant the kind of false memories that cause people just like you to believe they deserve to go to jail for crimes that never happened and what she suggests police departments should do to avoid such distortions of the truth.

• Show Notes:


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• The Great Courses -

Direct download: 085_-_Misremembering_-_Julia_Shaw_rebroadcast.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

Why do people cheat? Why are our online worlds often so toxic? What motivates us to "catch 'em all" in Pokemon, grinding away for hours to hatch eggs?

In this episode, psychologist Jamie Madigan, author of Getting Gamers, explains how by exploring the way people interact with video games we can better understand how brains interact with everything else.

Direct download: 084_-_Getting_Gamers_-_Jamie_Madigan.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 11:36am EDT