Beth Loftus talk scheduled for March 7

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Univ. of California at Irvine, will be presenting her talk entitled, “The Fiction of Memory,” on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. on zoom. Loftus’s pioneering work over several decades has explored the fallibility of memory and people’s susceptibility to contextual factors that systematically alter recall of events.

Here is a blurb for her talk: Nationally, roughly two-thirds of DNA-based exonerations of wrongfully convicted persons involve misidentification of perpetrators by eyewitnesses. In this lecture, Elizabeth Loftus, recently described by the New Yorker as “the most influential female psychologist of the twentieth century,” will discuss the state of knowledge regarding eyewitness misidentification and the implications for criminal justice policy and practices.

Dr. Loftus’s lecture is part of the lecture series, entitled the “Dialogues on Democracy” series, that Miami’s Menard Family Center for Democracy is sponsoring again this spring semester. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to intend, but pre-registration is required: