The Science Of False Memory by C. J. BrainerdThe Science Of False Memory by C. J. Brainerd

The Science Of False Memory

byC. J. Brainerd, V. F. Reyna

Hardcover | April 15, 2005

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Findings from research on false memory have major implications for a number of fields central to human welfare, such as medicine and law. Although many important conclusions have been reached after a decade or so of intensive research, the majority of them are not well known outside theimmediate field. To make this research accessible to a much wider audience, The Science of False Memory has been written to require little or no background knowledge of the theory and techniques used in memory research. Brainerd and Reyna introduce the volume by considering the progenitors to the modern science of false memory, and noting the remarkable degree to which core themes of contemporary research were anticipated by historical figure such as Binet, Piaget, and Bartlett. They continue with an account ofthe varied methods that have been used to study false memory both inside and outside of the laboratory. The first part of the volume focuses on the basic science of false memory, revolving around three topics: old and new theoretical ideas that have been used to explain false memory and makepredictions about it; research findings and predictions about false memory in normal adults; and research findings and predictions about age-related changes in false memory between early childhood and adulthood. Throughout Part I, Brainerd and Reyna emphasize how current opponent-processesconceptions of false memory act as a unifying influence by integrating predictions and data across disparate forms of false memory. The second part focuses on the applied science of false memory, revolving around four topics: the falsifiability of witnesses and suspects memories of crimes, including false confessions by suspects; the falsifiability of eyewitness identifications of suspects; false-memory reports in investigativeinterviews of child victims and witnesses, particularly in connection with sexual-abuse crimes; false memory in psychotherapy, including recovered memories of childhood abuse, multiple-personality disorders, and recovered memories of previous lives. Although Part II is concerned with appliedresearch, Brainerd and Reyna continue to emphasize the unifying influence of opponent-processes conceptions of false memory. The third part focuses on emerging trends, revolving around three expanding areas of false-memory research: mathematical models, aging effects, and cognitive neuroscience.False Memory will be an invaluable resource for professional researchers, practitioners, and students in the many fields for which false-memory research has implications, including child-protective services, clinical psychology, law, criminal justice, elementary and secondary education, generalmedicine, journalism, and psychiatry.
C. J. Brainerd is at Cornell University. V. F. Reyna is at Cornell University.
Title:The Science Of False MemoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:578 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 1.42 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195154053

ISBN - 13:9780195154054


Table of Contents

Part I. BackgroundChapter 1. Your AncientsChapter 2. Varieties of False Memory: A Modern TaxonomyPart II. The Basic Science of False MemoryChapter 3. Theoretical Explanations of False MemoryChapter 4. Controlling False Memories with Opponent Processes 1: Laboratory Research with AdultsChapter 5. Controlling False Memories with Opponent Processes 2: Developmental Research with Children and AdolescentsPart III. The Applied Science of False MemoryChapter 6. False Memory in Criminal Investigation 1: Adult Interviewing and Eyewitness IdentificationChapter 7. False Memory in Criminal Investigation 2: Child Interviewing and TestimonyChapter 8. False Memory in PsychotherapyPart IV. Future DirectionsChapter 9. Some Growing TipsReferences

Editorial Reviews

"The Science of False Memory shows all the signs of a work that is likely to be recognized for many years as a classic in the psychology of memory. Brainerd and Reyna have written a work that is simultaneously thorough in its scientific coverage and accessible to the educated layperson. Itis breattaking in its scholarly contribution."--reene