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 DÃ©jÃ 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.
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Resources for this Episode
- The Matrix [Blu-ray]
- Taylor, A. (2013).Encyclopedia of Human Memory [3 volumes]
- Brown, A. S. (2004). The dÃ©jÃ vu illusion. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13(6), 256-259.
- Cleary, A. M. (2008). Recognition memory, familiarity, and dÃ©jÃ vu experiences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(5), 353-357.
- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator