Show Notes: The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory

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S4 E8: The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory

Psychologist Elizabeth F. Loftus, a leading expert on memory, discusses how her research transformed the justice system. 

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Show Notes: The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory

Elizabeth F. Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She holds positions in the Departments of Psychological Science and Criminology, Law & Society, and is a professor of law. She also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Cognitive Sciences and is a fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. She was the founding director of the Center for Psychology and Law.  

Loftus received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. Since then, she has published 23 books and over 500 scientific articles. Her fourth book, “Eyewitness Testimony,” won a National Media Award (Distinguished Contribution) from the American Psychological Foundation. Loftus’ research has focused on human memory, eyewitness testimony and courtroom procedure.

Loftus has been an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases, including the McMartin Preschool molestation case, the Hillside Strangler trial, the Abscam cases, the trial of Oliver North, the trial of the officers accused in the Rodney King beating, the Menendez brothers trial, the Bosnian War trials in the Hague and the Oklahoma bombing case, and litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby and the Duke University lacrosse players. 

Loftus has received numerous awards for her work and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.   

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