Eyewitness memory is not all it is made up to be.
While not technically empirical forensic science in nature (other than cognitive psychology), I was moved after watching this TED talk by Elizabeth Loftus to share this talk with you. Memory, according to her, is like a Wikipedia page, not a recorder. It can be changed by you or by others. It can be correct, but also wrong. What do you think?
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn’t happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It’s more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
Memory-manipulation expert Elizabeth Loftus explains how our memories might not be what they seem — and how implanted memories can have real-life repercussions.