Steve Ramirez, Xu Liu and Susumu Tonegawa have performed a remarkable series of experiments on mice which they say demonstrate the unreliability of memory in mice and humans.
A new scientific study has rigorously investigated the nature of childhood memories:
We think our recollections are reliable,but research shows that all of us are susceptible to false memories. Kate Hilpern discovers what can happen when we rewrite the past.
The Skeptic’s Dictionary investigates how some people come to believe that they have been abducted and sexually violated by aliens.
Dr Kimberley Wade and Professor Chrisopher French, members of the BFMS Advisory Board, discuss how false memories can be generated
Following sensational claims about a paedophile ring involving MPs, widely reported in the national press, Matthew Scott, a respected senior Barrister, has written a brilliant and illuminating essay which warns of the dangers of leaping to precipitous conclusions
Following a moral panic about Satanic Ritual Abuse in Scotland, Professor Christopher French suggests (Guardian Online, 18 November 2014) that this latest wave of hysteria is based on false memories.
“I’m going to tell you something that will change your lives forever.” The devastating impact of being falsely accused of child sexual abuse is readily apparent in this excellent article by journalist Frances Hardy, writing in the Daily Mail.
The power of suggestion is remarkable.
A remarkable video on the nature of memory, from the TED Conference.