APS Past-President Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irving, is the highest-ranking female in the list of top 100 psychologists. She’s gained world-wide renown for her experiments showing that memory, far from being an accurate record, is influenced by subsequent exposure to information and events and is re-constituted according to the biases these create.
In the BBC series Mind Changers, Claudia Hammond discusses the impact of Loftus’ research and how it has revolutionized eyewitness testimony procedures and legal systems. Hammond speaks with other APS Fellows Barbara Tversky, Gordon Bower, Lee Ross, and Brian Wandell, as they reflect on the influence of her work. Listen here>>
For more on Elizabeth Loftus watch this Inside the Psychologist’s Studio: Beth Loftus interview with APS Fellow Carol Tavris.
The 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago Illinois, USA will feature Inside the Psychologist’s Studio interviews with Brenda Milner and Margaret Beale Spencer. Register before March 31, 2012 to receive the Early Bird rates!
Loftus, E.F. (1980). Psychological aspects of courtroom testimony. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 347, 27-37 PMID: 6930909