False Memory

Recent Advances in False Memory Research

The “Recent Advances in False Memory Research” symposium at the APS 19th Annual Convention showcased innovative research being conducted around the world on this fascinating topic. Presenters explored complex issues surrounding the development, understanding, neural basis, and underlying psychological mechanisms of false memories. Cara Laney, University of Leicester, discussed “Implanting More

Study: Discriminating Fact from Fiction in Recovered Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

A decade or so ago, a spate of high profile legal cases arose in which people were accused, and often convicted, on the basis of  “recovered memories.” These memories, usually recollections of childhood abuse, arose years after the incident occurred and often during intensive psychotherapy. So how accurate are recovered More

New Research Shows Children Less Prone to False Memories than Adults, Challenging Assumptions About Eyewitness Testimony.

In the 1980’s, a spate of high profile child abuse convictions gave way to heightened concern about false memory reports given by children. Take, for example, the case of Kelly Michaels, a preschool teacher who was convicted on 115 counts of sexual abuse based on the testimony of 20 of More

Photoshop Your Past

Altered photographs — a classic device of spies and repressive governments — can be used to manipulate perceptions of public events and shape people’s perceptions of history. What happens in the age of digital image editing, when even our personal photographs can be easily manipulated on a computer? New research More

Observations

Mischel Festschrift Inspirational scientist, prolific artist, skilled thumb wrestler, unskilled Citröen driver, demanding advisor, supportive friend. These are parts of the multi-faceted portrait of Walter Mischel provided by colleagues, friends, and family who attended a Festschrift in his honor on June 11, 2005. Although the event included a personal look More