The Guardian’s Max Sanderson explores the world of false memory with the assistance of Dr Julia Shaw and Professor Elizabeth Loftus. Memories are constantly changing and updating. They are not like recordings on a video tape. False memories can be implanted, and used for good or ill.
Elizabeth Loftus talks about how false memories can be implanted, and how eyewitness testimony can be manipulated.
Wired magazine has recently published an article on how memory research can be applied to criminal cases to distinguish between reliable and non-reliable memories.
Leading psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus, has been awarded the 2016 John Maddox Prize for pursuing sound science in the public interest, whilst facing hostility from those who opposed her research.
Overview Do you have a ‘memory’ of something that actually didn’t happen? Something impossible, that you couldn’t have experienced, yet feels like a real memory?! Ever wondered why?!
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
The power of suggestion is remarkable.
A remarkable video on the nature of memory, from the TED Conference.
While acknowledging the reality of childhood sexual abuse, Loftus, a research psychologist specializing in memory, believes that in many cases, people create false memories of nonexistent abuse, prompted to do so by their psychotherapists.