When caught, the sniper suspects were driving a blue car. Were we observing unwitting memory contamination on a nationwide scale?

Our changeable memories slide show

Unit V Research Presentation
Most individuals are very confident in the accuracy of their memories. Many witnesses argue that they can recall events without missing one detail. However, research purports that our memories are not as reliable as they might seem. These malleable memories can be influenced by leading questions and creative imaginations.
Go to the Academic OneFile database in the CSU Online Library, and search for the following article by Elizabeth Loftus (2003) on memories:
Loftus, E. (2003). Our changeable memories: Legal and practical implications. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 4, 231-234. Retrieved from Academic OneFile database.
Read the article, and create a PowerPoint slide presentation to share your findings.
Note: Present your research using the article as well as the scientific theories covered in this unit. Please integrate your personal opinion on this topic as well.
Your slide presentation should contain a minimum of eight slides. Do not limit your information strictly to the article by Loftus and the textbook. You may use additional sources as well. Be creative in your presentation. Do not forget to include a title slide and citation slide. These slides are not counted in your total slide count. All sources used, including the textbook and article, must be referenced. Paraphrased and quoted material must have citations as well.
Wade, C., & Tavris, C. (2011). Psychology (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Author(s): Elizabeth Loftus [1]

Memories are precious. They give us identity. They create a shared past that bonds us with family and friends. They seem fixed, like concrete, so that if you ‘stepped’ on them they would still be there as they always were.

But memories are not fixed. Everyday experience tells us that they can be lost, but they can also be drastically changed or even created. Inaccurate memories can sometimes be as compelling and ‘real’ as an accurate memory. In this article, I discuss the ways in which memories can be reshaped and their implications for the legal system. If we cannot believe our own memories, how can we know whether the memories of a victim or a witness are accurate?

Remaking memories

We are all familiar with temporary memory problems. “I can’t remember the right word,” says a colleague at a cocktail party. “Is it senility?” I reply: “Can you remember the word later?” And the usual answer will be yes, proving that the information was not lost, but only temporarily unavailable. Retrieval problems are common.



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