Remembering Childhood Trauma That Never Happened

November 2016
Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society,
is featured in New York magazine for her contributions towards understanding the nature of false memories, and
how prevalent it is within our society and law enforcement.
From New York:
No matter how bizarre or alien the scenario seems, it’s never so strange that you cannot convince someone it
actually happened. “We are almost at the point of having a recipe for how to do this,” Loftus says. “A first step
involves trying to make people feel something is plausible. In questionable therapy, people are told that many, many people have repressed
memories and that you need to uncover them to feel better. That is a plausibility-enhancing message.”