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.
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BBC London broadcast a report on the Carol Felstead case on Friday, 29 September. The short news item covered the issue of false memories being implanted by therapists, and has contributions from Joseph Felstead (Carol’s father), Dr Kevin Felstead (Carol’s brother, and the BFMS Director of Communications) and Dr Julia…
On Friday, 29 September the BBC broadcast a short report on false memory and the Carol Felstead case. Carol’s father, Joseph, contributes to the report, as does Kevin Felstead, the Communications Director of the BFMS, and Dr Julia Shaw of the Department of Psychology at University College London.
Many people find it difficult to believe that memories held by themselves or others can be changed or modified dramatically by third parties.
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.
Are Childhood Memories Reliable? Is it possible that some of our most cherished memories are not exactly what they seem? In a new book called ‘The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, And The Science Of False Memory’, Dr Julia Shaw claims that far more of our memories may be fabrications than…
In an innovative and illuminating study, Dr Julia Shaw and Stephen Porter demonstrate how rich false memories of committing crimes can be generated by introducing incorrect details and utilizing suggestive memory techniques.
False memories are a normal part of everyday life and are not a symptom of mental ill-health or disease.
Dr Julia Shaw writes about false memories and how imagination can give credibility to them. It is possible not only to adopt false memories but even to ‘steal’ the memories of others and appropriate them to oneself.