Scientist and author of the bestselling book "The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting an the science of False Memory"
Cofounder of memory science and AI start-up Spot
Expert on memory hacking in legal, criminal and business settings.
Dr. Julia Shaw is a psychological scientist and senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University.
She is best know for her work in the areas of memory and criminal psychology. In 2017 Dr Shaw cofounded the memory science and artificial intelligence start-up Spot. Spot helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination, and empowers organizations to build a more inclusive and respectful work environment.
In 2016 she published her bestselling book “The Memory Illusion“, which has been translated into 18 languages. Her second book, due in 2019 is entitled “Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side”. Dr. Shaw is also a regular contributor to the popular science magazine Scientific American, hosting a series on how our memories can mislead us called “Memory Mondays”.
Dr. Shaw consults as an expert on criminal cases, delivers police training and military workshops, has evaluated offender diversion programs, and works to ensure best practices for dealing with vulnerable populations in business settings. She is also on the board of the European Association of Psychology and Law.
Her work has been featured in outlets such as Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN World, Der Spiegel, Russia Today, New York Magazine, The Times, The Telegraph, NPR, The Daily Mail, Pour le Science, and The Sun.
In The Memory Illusion Dr. Julia Shaw demonstrates the absolute centrality of memory to our existence, and explores an astonishing variety of ways in which it can go awry – from the puzzling but mundane occurrence of not being able to recall a name you’ve said hundreds of times, to more extreme examples such as people with false memories of committing a violent crime. It’s an original and eye-opening book which challenges you to consider that you may not be who you think you are.
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