What are the psychological themes in the movie The Matrix? In this episode I talk about connections between The Matrix and Jung‘s idea of the Collective Unconscious, Joseph Campbell‘s notion of the Hero’s Journey and some recent research that explains why you experience déjà vu. Also, can you change your whole world by thinking differently about it? Let’s find out what psychologists (well at least me) think about this fascinating movie.
Resources for this Episode
- Taylor, A. (2013).Encyclopedia of Human Memory [3 volumes]
- Brown, A. S. (2004). The déjà vu illusion. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13(6), 256-259.
- Cleary, A. M. (2008). Recognition memory, familiarity, and déjà vu experiences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(5), 353-357.