Professor Elizabeth Loftus will be delivering the Albert Wolters Public Lecture 2018 on Thursday the 3rd of May.
A world-leading expert on human memory, her lecture on ‘The Fiction of Memory’ will look at ‘false memories’ – and the ethics involved.
“For several decades, my research group has been busy tampering with people’s memories. Sometimes we change details of events that someone actually experienced. Other times we plant entire memories for events that never happened – “rich false memories”. Time and again, we have found that people can be led to falsely believe that they had experiences, some of which would have been emotional or traumatic had they actually happened. False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviours. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about “regulating” this mind technology?”
Tickets for this event are sold out, but you can watch the event live streamed via the University of Reading’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theuniversityofreading/