Misrepresentations and flawed logic about the prevalence of false memories

Robert A. Nash, Kimberley A. Wade, Maryanne Garry, Elizabeth F. Loftus, James Ost

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Abstract

Brewin and Andrews (2016) propose that just 15% of people, or even fewer, are susceptible to false childhood memories. If this figure were true, then false memories would still be a serious problem. But the figure is higher than 15%. False memories occur even after a few short and low-pressure interviews, and with each successive interview they become richer, more compelling, and more likely to occur. It is therefore dangerously misleading to claim that the scientific data provide an “upper bound” on susceptibility to memory errors. We also raise concerns about the peer review process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31–33
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date14 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Fingerprint

Interviews
Peer Review
Pressure
False Memory
Misrepresentation
Logic
Memory Errors
Childhood Memories
Susceptibility

Bibliographical note

© 2016 The Authors Applied Cognitive Psychology Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this

Nash, Robert A. ; Wade, Kimberley A. ; Garry, Maryanne ; Loftus, Elizabeth F. ; Ost, James. / Misrepresentations and flawed logic about the prevalence of false memories. In: Applied Cognitive Psychology. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 31–33.
@article{bb8a4352f37840a29738d4ffc65ca6d7,
title = "Misrepresentations and flawed logic about the prevalence of false memories",
abstract = "Brewin and Andrews (2016) propose that just 15{\%} of people, or even fewer, are susceptible to false childhood memories. If this figure were true, then false memories would still be a serious problem. But the figure is higher than 15{\%}. False memories occur even after a few short and low-pressure interviews, and with each successive interview they become richer, more compelling, and more likely to occur. It is therefore dangerously misleading to claim that the scientific data provide an “upper bound” on susceptibility to memory errors. We also raise concerns about the peer review process.",
author = "Nash, {Robert A.} and Wade, {Kimberley A.} and Maryanne Garry and Loftus, {Elizabeth F.} and James Ost",
note = "{\circledC} 2016 The Authors Applied Cognitive Psychology Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.",
year = "2017",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1002/acp.3265",
language = "English",
volume = "31",
pages = "31–33",
journal = "Applied Cognitive Psychology",
issn = "0888-4080",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Ltd",
number = "1",

}

Misrepresentations and flawed logic about the prevalence of false memories. / Nash, Robert A.; Wade, Kimberley A.; Garry, Maryanne; Loftus, Elizabeth F.; Ost, James.

In: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.2017, p. 31–33.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

TY - JOUR

T1 - Misrepresentations and flawed logic about the prevalence of false memories

AU - Nash, Robert A.

AU - Wade, Kimberley A.

AU - Garry, Maryanne

AU - Loftus, Elizabeth F.

AU - Ost, James

N1 - © 2016 The Authors Applied Cognitive Psychology Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

PY - 2017/1

Y1 - 2017/1

N2 - Brewin and Andrews (2016) propose that just 15% of people, or even fewer, are susceptible to false childhood memories. If this figure were true, then false memories would still be a serious problem. But the figure is higher than 15%. False memories occur even after a few short and low-pressure interviews, and with each successive interview they become richer, more compelling, and more likely to occur. It is therefore dangerously misleading to claim that the scientific data provide an “upper bound” on susceptibility to memory errors. We also raise concerns about the peer review process.

AB - Brewin and Andrews (2016) propose that just 15% of people, or even fewer, are susceptible to false childhood memories. If this figure were true, then false memories would still be a serious problem. But the figure is higher than 15%. False memories occur even after a few short and low-pressure interviews, and with each successive interview they become richer, more compelling, and more likely to occur. It is therefore dangerously misleading to claim that the scientific data provide an “upper bound” on susceptibility to memory errors. We also raise concerns about the peer review process.

UR - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/acp.3265/abstract

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84995402634&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/acp.3265

DO - 10.1002/acp.3265

M3 - Comment/debate

VL - 31

SP - 31

EP - 33

JO - Applied Cognitive Psychology

JF - Applied Cognitive Psychology

SN - 0888-4080

IS - 1

ER -