Repressed Memories?

June 2011

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was recently quoted in the Albany Democrat Herald.  Loftus has found that memories are more malleable than people would like to believe. She is considered an expert witness in debunking cases of RMT (recovered or repressed memory therapy).

“You’ve gone into counseling because you have a problem,” Loftus said in a phone interview from her office. “You want an explanation, you want to get better, and here’s an authority figure telling you this is what you need to do, you have to remember your abusive childhood to understand what’s happened to you.”

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