OUR FAULTY MEMORY - working title
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Memory is under heavy scrutiny by a new generation of scientists — and they’re posing an uncomfortable question: Can we trust what we believe we’ve seen with our own eyes?
Just as we often remember someone’s name incorrectly, they say we can mis-remember important personal events, catastrophes and even crimes we think we saw… or committed.
Many recent studies are questioning the fragility and unreliability of the human memory - with huge implications for justice, psychology and our own sense of who we are.
“Our memory is very fallible even when we’re sure of what we saw – in fact, especially when we’re sure.” says legendary memory researcher and psychologist Prof. Elizabeth Loftus, of University of California, Irvine.
Says Julia Shaw: author of a new book called The Memory Illusion:
“Every memory you’ve ever had is chock full of distortions and errors. Even memories which are detailed and vivid and held with 100 percent conviction can be completely false… Memory is largely an illusion. Our memories are essentially false.”
Nowhere are the implications of this more powerful, or controversial, than in the reliability of… EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY (chapter 1 of the film) or FLASHBULB MEMORIES (chapter 2). We will also look into CREATING MEMORIES (chapter 3) and the importance of THE GIFT OF FORGETTING (chapter 4)
Among the CHARACTERS:
Dr. Julia Shaw: Canadian author of the The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False Memory."
Prof. Gary L Wells, Iowa State University: Internationally-renowned expert of eyewitness memory research. He is a professor of psychology.
Prof. Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine: Most influential memory researcher of recent decades who has done many experiments implanting false memories in people.
Dr. Stephen Porter, University of BC, Okanagan: Forensic psychologist, co-author of the UBC study Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime 2015
Prof. Elizabeth Phelps, New York University, NYC: Psychologist who did 9/11 studies on people’s flashbulb memories.
Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton: Joint authors of Picking Cotton, a book about false eyewitness ID. They run Healing Justice, a group that fights for more legal protection against false eyewitness memory
And many others.