Research

This page will provide a list of resources for those interested in understanding the phenomenon of false memory.

 

Science

Elizabeth Loftus Awarded 2016 John Maddox Prize

Specialist in research on the accuracy of memory and how false childhood memories can be implanted into patients by therapists, Dr Loftus has been awarded the prize on the grounds of supporting sound science in the public interest, whilst facing difficulty and hostility to her findings.

 

Are Childhood Memories Reliable?

Dr Julia Shaw’s research on the nature of memory and false memory.

 

The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused

University of Oxford Centre of Criminology research project into the consequences of false accusations on the legally innocent.

 

The Brandon Report on Recovery Memory

An important report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists on recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. It defines the nature of false memory and recovered memory.

 

Books

Review of Witness Testimony in Sexual Cases

Witness Testimony in Sexual Cases focuses on legal and scientific considerations that arise when obtaining and evaluating sexual complaint testimony.

 

Review of Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse

A new major reference work for criminologists, sociologists, legal researchers and legal professionals, on the controversial issue of wrongful allegations of abuse and victims of untrue allegations.

 

The Memory Wars – Freud’s Legacy in Dispute

A critical dissection of Freudian psychoanalysis and the recovered memory movement.

 

The Ravages of False Memories – or Manipulated Memory

An analysis of the nature and origin of false memories, and the consequences for individuals and families.

 

Fractured Families – The Untold Anguish of the Falsely Accused

Real life accounts of the falsely accused.

 

Miscarriage of Memory – Historic Abuse Cases: A Dilemma for the Legal System

The inbuilt bias of the legal system against those accused of historic abuse. Includes articles and case histories.

 

Justice for Carol – The Creation of a Satanic Myth in the United Kingdom

False memory, misdiagnosis, institutional cover-up, and the origin of the Satanic Abuse Panic in the UK are all part of this groundbreaking book on the Carol Felstead case.

 

Abused by Therapy: How Searching for Childhood Trauma Can Damage Adult Lives

Abused by Therapy debunks an enduring myth dating back to Freud, that certain conditions are nearly always caused by childhood trauma.

 

Making Monsters – False Memories, Psychotherapy and Sexual Hysteria

Examining false memories and the therapy that creates them, Ofshe and Watters dissect one of the most pressing social and psychological issues of our time.

 

The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Explains the theory behind recovered memory therapy, argues that there is no scientific support for the theory, and describes the impact of false memory.

 

Victims of Memory – Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives

Can human beings completely forget years of traumatic events, only to recall them later?  This book explores that question.

 

Remembering Trauma

Understanding and analysing how trauma is remembered.

 

The Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire

Professor Eysenck’s carefully reasoned demolition of Freud and psychoanalysis.

 

Freud’s False Memories – Psychoanalysis and the Recovered Memory Movement

A book examining the origins of the recovered memory movement in Freudian psychoanalytic theory.