Can We Always Trust Our Own Memory? Studying Memory Distortion

Elizabeth Loftus talks about how false memories can be implanted, and how eyewitness testimony can be manipulated.

An authority on human memory and its exceeding imperfections, the cognitive psychologist is well known for her work in criminal law, where she has shown how eyewitness testimony is manipulated. “We get misinformation from a biased interrogator who has an agenda… we get misinformation from high profiled events, we get misinformation from overhearing other witnesses,” said the professor of psychology and law at the University of California, Irvine. “All of these provide an opportunity for witness’ testimony to become contaminated and distorted.”

 

 

Video footage of a speech given at the University College Dublin.