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Dr Julia Shaw of the London South Bank University discusses her new book, The Memory Illusion: Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are (Doubleday, 2016), with Joseph Planta.


The Memory Illusion: Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are by Dr Julia Shaw (Doubleday, 2015).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

We always hear that all we have in life are our memories. As such, they’re our cherished possessions, but a new book looks at how they’re not as accurate as we think. Dr. Julia Shaw is the author of The Memory Illusion: Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are. It’s a great book that shows us how our memories are fallible, and not just those occasional memory lapses we have where we forget a name, or forget the reason why we’ve entered a room. Dr. Shaw joins me now to talk about her book, and how we misappropriate the memories of others as our own. In the book she talks about false memories, and how when implanted can lead people to believe the worst leading to imprisonment. I’ll ask Dr. Shaw about how we can improve our memory as well. Dr. Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer in criminology at London South Bank University. She previously taught forensic psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Waterloo. She received her degrees from Simon Fraser University and UBC. She is called upon regularly to advise police and the press on various issues relate to historical sexual and abuse cases. She is also one of a few experts who actively researches complex memory errors. The Memory Illusion is published by Doubleday. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, from here in Vancouver today, Julia Shaw; Dr. Shaw, good morning.

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