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Sunday
Jan102016

RS 150 - Elizabeth Loftus on "The malleability of human memory"

Release date: January 10, 2016

Elizabeth Loftus

Do you remember when you were a kid, and you had that great day at Disneyland where you got to meet Bugs Bunny? No? Think harder. It was a sunny day... 

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia interviews psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, whose pioneering work on human memory revealed that our memories can be contaminated by the questions people ask us, or by misinformation we encounter after the fact -- even to the point of making us remember entire events that never could have happened. (Like meeting Bugs Bunny, a Warner Bros character, at Disneyland.)

Elizabeth's Pick: "Missing: The Execution of Charles Horman" by Thomas Hauser

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

Thanks for this podcast which articulates what we know about memory and in particluar its relevance to witness testimony.
If only the public in general were better educated on this subject. There is so much paranoia emerging in modern society, much of which is based upon the utterances and recollections of individuals.
January 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Perryman
I really like your your podcast and love the topics you you cover but if I could change one thing it would be to get rid of you two up tight assholes. You know who I'm talking about.
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