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Julia Shaw

London, UK

Scientist and author of the bestselling book "The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting an the science of False Memory"

Previously spoken at TEDxBlackRockCity and WIRED Nextgen.

Expert on memory hacking in legal, criminal and business settings.

Dr. Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. She is heavily involved in teaching classes on criminology and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level, for which she has won two teaching excellence awards.

She has published research articles in various international academic journals, written chapters for textbooks, and gives guest lectures and conference presentations around the world. Additionally, Dr Shaw is the author of “The Memory Illusion“, which was published on June 16th, 2016, with Penguin Random House in the UK. The book will also appear in 13 languages with several other international publishers in the fall of 2016. 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.

The Memory Illusion

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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