Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus: “Memory Under the Influence” The Farquhar College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus to Speak on Campus About “Memory Under the Influence”

Junot Diaz

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences will welcome noted psychologist and professor Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., to Nova Southeastern University as part of the college’s 2011–2012 Distinguished Speakers Series. She will deliver a talk titled “Memory Under the Influence.”

Loftus is a psychologist and noted expert on human memory. For the last 30 years, her research has focused on the malleability of memory. She has been recognized for this work with six honorary doctorates and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.

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  1. That sounds logical … let me go think of a way to dispute it.

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  2. Yes, to believe ALL or NOTHING is too extreme.
    So that leaves us with “memories CAN be malleable” — did I win this one?

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  3. It’s difficult for either of us to win an argument because psychology is not an exact science, but I don’t think you can have it both ways. If memory is confabulated, then it cannot be valid. If everyone’s memory included a bit of truth, a bit of fill-in-the-blanks, and a bit of fantasy, then nobody’s memory would be valid. Do you see my point? Research, in my opinion, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans since researchers base their findings on subliminal theories. I don’t care what their credentials/titles are, I think most are a bunch of yo yo’s.

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    • I see your point. So where does that leave us? To believe everything or nothing? That seems too extreme.

      No argument from me about the yo yo’s.

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