Dr. Julia Shaw

Psychological Scientist

Dr. Julia Shaw is a memory hacker and psychological scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL). She is best known for her work in the area of false memories - memories of things that never actually happened. She is also known for her work in the area of criminal psychology.

In 2016 she published her bestselling book "The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False Memory", which will appear in 14 languages. Her next book, due to appear in the spring of 2018, is entitled "Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side".
She is also a regular contributor to Scientific American.

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.


Dr Shaw also consults regularly as an expert on legal cases, particularly cases involving historical allegations.


Her work has been featured on TV, radio, in print, and online, including in outlets such as Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN World, Russia Today, New York Magazine, The Times, The Telegraph, NPR, The Daily Mail, Pour le Science, and The Sun.

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