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Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory

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 More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.

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Comment by Karen Trynnelle
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Loftus' work has been critiqued by several scholars. Her work has been misapplied to trauma memory.  Her research involves non traumatic settings, like being lost in a mall.

She has published studies showing evidence of recovered memory. (Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18 (1994) 67-84.)
"Lost in a Shopping Mall"—A Breach of Professional Ethics
ETHICS & BEHAVIOR, vol. 9, #1, pp. 39-50
Elizabeth Loftus 

  • Loftus herself conducted and published a study in which nearly one in five women who reported childhood sexual abuse also reported completely forgetting the abuse for some period of time and recovering the memory of it later.
  • Loftus misrepresented the facts of a legal case in a scholarly paper and, after finally apologizing to the victim of her misrepresentations, continued to promote the article with falsehoods.


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