Elizabeth Loftus On Repressed Memory

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The article started with a phone call from an attorney in San Francisco to Elizabeth Loftus about one George Franklin that had been charged with murdering a child, based on the recollection of his daughter, Eileen. The prosecution claimed she had repressed the memory for 20 years and the purported memory was less than a year old. Loftus found no basis for the repressed memory in her search in the psychological literature. She believed that people blend false details from television reports with the recollection of actual events because she conducted an experiment in which she had shown people a video of a robbery and shooting, then after the same viewers watched an erroneous video of a robbery and shooting, they were mistaken in their description of the incident. Her work seemed irrelevant at the time because the prosecutor forced her to admit that she had never studied memories like Eileen Franklin's and George Franklin was eventually convicted in November 1990.
Repressed memories also surfaced in 1991
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Based on my reading, repressed memories are more likely to surface when people feel the need to play the victim and fancy accusing other people to achieve that aim. The fact that many women retracted their allegations showed me that they may have intentionally fabricated the stories. Perhaps, the growth in the number of people making these types of allegations could have grown because they were getting attention and they thought that was cool. One possible positive effect is that some cultures reward the idea that someone could be a victim. I have heard countless stories where victims have been compensated by their aggressors. In politics for example, some countries immediately take sides with a victim city or country in an interstate conflict to prove they support
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