Elizabeth loftus the fiction of memory

Elizabeth loftus the fiction of memory

Elizabeth loftus the fiction of memory


The Assignment:

For this Discussion Board, complete the following steps:

Step 1:

  1. Watch  the 17 minute TED Talk from one of the most well known and highly  regarded scientists who study false memory, Elizabeth Loftus.  The video  can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_loftus_the_fiction_of_memory (opens in a new window).

Step 2:

In your initial post, thoroughly discuss the following:


  1. Define “false memories”.
  2. Now,  create a guide/handout to be distributed to judges and jurors who will  be deciding cases based on an eyewitnesses testimony and memory.  You  should include the following in your guide:
    1. At least 3 ways memory can be contaminated.
    2. Ways in which memory can be improved.
  3. What should the judges and jurors be careful to do?
  4. Should law enforcement also be provided this guide/handout/training?  Why or why not?
  5. Be sure to use your text and the resources provided and you must include references and citations for full credit.

Citing Sources:    You must use APA style to reference your source(s) at the end of your  submission.  For this Discussion Board, you must include reference  information for your textbook and the TED Talk video, as well as any  other outside sources of information you use.  Information on how to  format reference information (including a reference generator) in APA  style can be found on the Purdue Online Writing Lab website at https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html (opens in a new window).

Acceptable Length: 300-500 word initial post; 2

Formatting Requirements:

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font
  • Use double line spacing in the document
  • 1-inch margins all around

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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