Loftus is an internationally recognized expert in the study of human memory, particularly the malleability of memories. Her extensive research shows that memory is highly susceptible to distortion and manipulation, and that people can vividly recall events that never happened. Her research on false memory, the reliability of eyewitness reports, and memories “recovered” through therapy has affected how law enforcement, courts, and psychologists consider eyewitness testimony. Loftus is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and has received the highest scientific honors for her work.
Loftus will be interviewed by noted social psychologist, writer, and longtime friend Carol Tavris, author of several books including, with Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts.
This program will be available on the APS website for classroom and other nonprofit educational use at no charge. (Yes, you could be a film star if you are there!) The event is part of an ongoing APS initiative to interview major figures in psychology. Videos currently available include Elliot Aronson, Linda Bartoshuk, and Janet Taylor Spence.