Understanding memory is crucial for shock survivors to know what happened to them, identify their weaknesses, advocate for themselves and develop coping strategies.
Unfortunately, this aspect of human cognition is infinitely complex and grasping how it works is even harder with brain damage.
I would know, I’ve been trying to understand it for the last decade. Countless books and even a semester of psych 1101 and I still have trouble keeping the different types of memory straight.
I’ve mentioned the wonders of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for alternative education opportunities for shock survivors in a previous post . I’ve been fairly active with the Coursera platform. I got an email last week of courses starting soon and a class on memory caught my attention:
This course requires no psychology background. The instructor uses a clever method for explaining the many facets of memory by using something we are all familiar with: movies.
I’ve taken the first week and so far so good. The content is well designed and easy to follow.
If you’re a shock survivor or the friend or loved one of a shock survivor, I encourage you to take this course.
- Go to Coursera.org and make an account
search Understanding Memory: Explaining the Psychology of Memory through Movies and click ‘enroll button’
There are several options for taking the course:
- watch the videos and take the quizzes for a statement of accomplishment (free)
- just watch the videos (free)
- do all the things and pay $49 for certification
Because shock damage usually requires LOTS of repetition to learn and retain new information, I enter in the key points of whatever course I’m taking into Quizlet; a free flashcard study program/app that I can drill myself with until whatever I’m studying sticks.
Happy learning 🙂