memory

While it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of 1982’s Blade Runner, its science fiction film noir mashup vision of the future, or the meaning behind the story’s ambiguous ending (...

In 1993 the British Psychological Society convened a working party in response to the concern that some psychologists might be inadvertently implanting false memories of child sexual abuse in their clients. The working party’s conclusions that both genuine recovered memories...

It’s all too easy to assume that what we imagine is an accurate reflection of reality. Many of our greatest deceptions evolve out of such faulty supposition. This eminently human quandary is delightfully expressed in the now infamous 1986 Guardian commercial ‘...

Sleep is an enigma. Ask a set of experts a simple question like ‘What is sleep?’ and you get a remarkable range of answers. Similarly, researchers will provide a multitude of responses to the question ‘Why do...

A pioneer in the understanding of human memory has been awarded the 2016 John Maddox Prize. Professor Elizabeth Loftus was awarded the prize for courage in promoting science and evidence on a matter of public interest, despite facing difficulty and hostility in doing so.

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National Treasure is a timely piece of drama, a response to the scale and shock of the abuse uncovered by Operation Yewtree. Rooted in the real world, it references the Jimmy Savile case within the storyline. But here we are drawn into the world of the fictional...

Using two synchronised projectors to play two parts of a film with a 20-second delay, ‘H.M.’ reflects the experience of a patient whose case radically advanced our understanding of memory.

I worked closely with Suzanne Corkin, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at MIT...

I decided to major in psychology during my sophomore year in college. I later knew I was most interested in cognition and, in particular, the areas of memory and comprehension. I initially became interested in exploring how difficult-to-understand and inconsistent information...

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What does it really mean to forget? Michael Anderson (University of Cambridge) has spent his career challenging the belief that forgetting is a human frailty and exploring the...

In this short series on BBC Radio 4, journalist, broadcaster and psychology graduate Sian Williams considers different ways in which memory can be improved, or how to have a ‘better brain...