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.
This news alert references an excellent article to put in someone’s hands to show how easily an eyewitness account can be mistaken.
An authoritative article from The Skeptical Enquirer. How memory can be changed, distorted or expanded by hypnosis. Hypnosis can bring out not only accurate memories but gross falsehoods as well. It is also an extremely powerful tool for implanting false memories into patients. Buffalo: Jul/Aug 2003.Vol.27, Iss. 4; pg. 40…