Dr Julia Shaw

Psychological scientist, writer and co-founder of Spot

Dr Julia Shaw is a psychological and memory scientist at UCL, and co-founder of Spot, a startup that helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination. Through her research to understand the barriers employees face when reporting their negative experiences, she’s determined to uncover how we can better mobilise witnesses and how we can all be better allies. Spot also provides tools for organisations to build a more inclusive and respectful work environment. 

Julia is well-known for her work in the areas of memory and criminal psychology. Her bestselling debut book, The Memory Illusion, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim and has been translated into 20 languages. She went on to publish her second international bestseller Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side in 2019. 

Besides her research, she is a regular keynote speaker on the topics of memory hacking, tackling workplace harassment, and artificial intelligence. Julia also consults as an expert on legal cases, particularly cases involving historical allegations. Her work is often featured on TV, radio, in print, and online. Julia is also a sci-fi and cat enthusiast, lives in London and is a German-Canadian bisexual.

Favourite TED Talk:

Dan Ariely Our buggy moral code

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