Thursday, December 11, 2003
WE CAN IMPLANT ENTIRELY FALSE MEMORIES This isn't exactly sci-fi but it is interesting nonetheless.
"We can easily distort memories for the details of an event that you did experience," says Loftus. "And we can also go so far as to plant entirely false memories - we call them rich false memories because they are so detailed and so big."This has interesting implications for eyewitness testimony in the courtroom (among other things).
She has persuaded people to adopt false but plausible memories - for instance, that at the age of five or six they had the distressing experience of being lost in a shopping mall - as well as implausible ones: memories of witnessing demonic possession, or an encounter with Bugs Bunny at Disneyland.