Julia Shaw is a memory hacker and psychological scientist at the Department of Psychology at University College London. She is best known for her work in the area of false memories – memories of things that never actually happened.
Julia Shaw is also known for her work in the area of criminal psychology and consults regularly as an expert on legal cases, particularly cases involving historical allegations. Besides her research, she delivers business, legal, military, and police talks on preventing common memory mistakes, and making the most of our faulty memory. She also works with workplaces to ensure best practices for dealing with vulnerable populations.
Julia was born in Germany but grew up in Canada. There she studied psychology at the Simon Fraser University and afterwards she moved to the Netherlands to pursue a master of science in psychology and law at Maastricht University. She returned to Canada to study at the University of British Columbia where she was awarded a PhD in psychology. After working as a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia, she moved in 2013 to the UK to assume a position as lecturer in forensic psychology at University of Bedfordshire. In 2015 Julia Shaw switched to the London South Bank University to become a senior lecturer in criminology
She is the author of bestselling book The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting and the Science of False Memory.
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