Lost in the Mail: The Memory War
Catalogue Number: STV002
Producer: Shortcutstv Ltd
Subject: Health and Medicine, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences
Grade Level: Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 13
Closed Captions: Yes
From the late 1990s recovered memory therapy was sweeping across America. In the legal cases that followed, experts assured the courts of the validity of ‘repressed memory’. Professor Elizabeth Loftus, a leading expert in memory, wasn’t so sure. In this film, she explains how her ‘lost in the mall’ technique demonstrated the creation of false memories. The ‘memory war’ that followed not only threatened her professional reputation but also her life.
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