This page will provide a list of resources for those interested in understanding the phenomenon of false memory.
In a wide ranging conversation with Dr Lawrence Patihis, Dr Kevin Felstead, the Director of Communications for the BFMS, discusses false memory, repressed memory, the Carol Felstead case, the criminal justice system, and the work of the BFMS.
A study of 496 cases from the BFMS archives, by Dr Julia Shaw, Maria-Bianca Leonte, Georgina Ball, and Dr Kevin Felstead.
An excerpt from the academic journal ‘Memory’.
A comprehensive overview of the nature of false memory, from the website healthline.com.
Introduction, definition, causes, impact and research on the subject, from the website verywellmind.com.
Research on real and false memories, from the journal ‘Frontiers in Psychology’.
An article from ‘Perspectives on Psychological Science’ analysing the continuing belief in repressed memories.
Summary of research published in the journal ‘Clinical Psychological Science’.
The Guardian’s Max Sanderson explores the malleability of memory with Dr Julia Shaw and Professor Elizabeth Loftus.
A speech given by Elizabeth Loftus at the University College Dublin in 2018.
A detailed report analysing the numerical extent of recovered memories of abuse unearthed during therapy.
Recent research has shown that hypnosis and hypnotic trance may not be what they appear to be. With contributions from a range of experts and patients.
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.
Dr Julia Shaw’s research on the nature of memory and false memory.
University of Oxford Centre of Criminology research project into the consequences of false accusations on the legally innocent.
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.
Why people deceive themselves about the errors they make.
An analysis of the failings of forensic psychology in the treatment of prisoners, calling for a return to scientific evidence rather than continuing the current reliance on subjective assessment.
A book authored by a practising criminal law barrister on the current state of the collapsing British legal system.
A dramatised version of the damage recovered memory therapy inflicts on patients and their families.
Mark Pendergrast revisits the subject of repressed memory and debunks the discredited therapy that has destroyed the lives of millions, and continues to do so.
Frederick Crews has written what is probably the most devastating critique of Freud ever published.
The astounding tale of the man who confessed to 36 murders he did not commit. One of the most spectacular cases of false memory ever.
Comprehensive overview of false memory research, aimed at a wide audience including child protective services workers, clinical psychologists, defense attorneys, elementary and secondary teachers, general medical practitioners, journalists, judges, nurses, police investigators, prosecutors, and psychiatrists.
Witness Testimony in Sexual Cases focuses on legal and scientific considerations that arise when obtaining and evaluating sexual complaint testimony.
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.
A critical dissection of Freudian psychoanalysis and the recovered memory movement.
An analysis of the nature and origin of false memories, and the consequences for individuals and families.
Real life accounts of the falsely accused.
The inbuilt bias of the legal system against those accused of historic abuse. Includes articles and case histories.
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 debunks an enduring myth dating back to Freud, that certain conditions are nearly always caused by childhood trauma.
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.
Explains the theory behind recovered memory therapy, argues that there is no scientific support for the theory, and describes the impact of false memory.
Can human beings completely forget years of traumatic events, only to recall them later? This book explores that question.
Understanding and analysing how trauma is remembered.
Professor Eysenck’s carefully reasoned demolition of Freud and psychoanalysis.
A book examining the origins of the recovered memory movement in Freudian psychoanalytic theory.