- Series: Oxford Psychology Series (Book 38)
- Hardcover: 578 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195154053
- ISBN-13: 978-0195154054
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.4 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As two who have been in the forefront of the science of false memory, Brainerd and Reyna have culled the massive literature, captured the basic theories, and presented the key issues in a masterful fashion. This is the definitive work on false memories . . . everything you might want to know about them and more." --Elizabeth F. Loftus, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine, and author of Eyewitness Testimony
"This book is not written only for psychologists studying memory errors, but for police investigators, for lawyers and judges, and for social workers and psychiatrists, among others. There is no other book that provides so complete an overview of the critical issues surrounding the puzzling tendency people have to remember events differently from the way they originally happened or, in the most dramatic cases, to vividly remember events that never happened at all. I highly recommend it." --Henry L. Roediger, III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St Louis
"False memories are a hot topic in psychological research and a major issue for society. The Science of False Memory provides a compelling scholarly analysis that ranges from laboratory studies to cases in the courtroom. Written by two leaders in the field, this book is must reading for memory researchers, psychologists, and anyone else interested in understanding why people sometimes remember events that never happened." --Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory.
"Brainerd and Reyna offer an authoritative overview of contemporary research on 'errors of commission in memory reports'... The book will interest the authors' fellow memory researchers, but it will also reward anyone curious as to why people often remember events differently from how they actually happened and why some people have vivid memories of events that never happened."--Science
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"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. It is breathtaking in its scholarly contribution."--reene
About the Author
C. J. Brainerd is at Cornell University. V. F. Reyna is at Cornell University.
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On the cover of "The Science of False Memory" is a photograph of two satyrs: "Janus Bust of Silenus and a Satyr," a 2nd century A.D. stone sculpture.
In Greek mythology, Silenus was an aged satyr, perpetually stupefied with drink. He was the oldest satyr and the companion, adviser, and tutor of Dionysus. Dionysus is often portrayed as a delicate, effeminate youth.
Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk, subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly. As Dionysian creatures they are lovers of wine, women, and men, and they are instinctively ready for every physical pleasure. Child satyrs are sometimes depicted taking part in Bacchanalian celebrations.
With two satyrs on the cover, what is the book about? "In ancient Greece," say the authors, "sexual contacts between adults and children were not regarded as crimes." It was not until 1974 that the US Congress passed an act making such contacts a crime (p. 292).
The prosecution of these sexual contacts as criminal activities has shaped false memory research, the authors suggest (p. 291). This appears to be true.
False memory research recommends we look for suggestive questioning, suggestibility, therapists, books, support groups, movies, or even secondary gain as sources for child sex abuse allegations.
Is it possible that such allegations might ever be based upon actual sexual contact between adults and children? Perhaps the answer to this question is on the book's cover.