Posted by Stephen Law on February 8, 2013
Dept. of Psychology, Goldsmith’s College and CFI UK present
Professor Elizabeth Loftus
People sometimes remember things that never happened, and my research explores how and why this happens. Sometimes the errors in memory are relatively small, as when people remember details of recent events differently than they really occurred. Sometimes the errors are large, as when people are led to remember entire events that did not occur to them, which we call “rich false memories.” People can be led to falsely believe that they have had familiar experiences, but also implausible ones. They can even be led to believe that they did things that would have been impossible. They can be led to falsely believe that they had experiences that would have been rather emotional or traumatic had they actually happened. False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. False memories look very much like true ones – in terms of behavioural characteristics, emotionality, and neural signatures. Finally, false memories can linger for quite some time, just as true memories do.
Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building, Goldsmiths
Timing: 6-7:30 pm, 20 March 2013.
Tickets on sale: SOLD OUT