Elizabeth Loftus is recognized for pioneering work on malleability of human memory
, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine, was awarded the international John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science today
in London. Best known for her groundbreaking work on the “misinformation effect” – in which the memories of
eyewitnesses are altered by exposure to incorrect information about events – she was also honored for her
pioneering research on the creation and nature of false memories.
“I could hardly contain my excitement when I first learned that I would receive the prize, especially since it recognizes
the work of people who promote sound, credible science that bears on a matter of public interest and who have faced tough challenges in the process,” Loftus said.