news items – depression and abuse, Capturing the Friedmans, Elizabeth Loftus

This week there were articles on depression and abuse. Included are a compilation of several articles on “Capturing the Friedmans” and Elizabeth Loftus.

Biological Links Found Between Childhood Abuse and Adolescent Depression – ScienceDaily

Victims Say Film on Molesters Distorts Facts ”Capturing the  Friedmans”

for more information on this case:

The accuracy of Elizabeth Loftus’ research and its ethics have been critiqued by several people over the last two decades.

Elizabeth Loftus – critiques of her research

“Lost in a Shopping Mall” A Breach of Professional Ethics

Elizabeth Loftus (from

Consider the Evidence for Elizabeth Loftus’
Scholarship and Accuracy. “Remembering Dangerously” & Hoult v. Hoult: The Myth of Repressed Memory that Elizabeth Loftus Created
by Jennifer Hoult, Esq.

Elizabeth Loftus herself has published studies showing evidence of recovered memory.

“The hypothesis that false memories can easily be implanted in psychotherapy (Lindsay & Read, 1994; Loftus 1993; Loftus & Ketcham, 1994; Ofshe and Watters, 1993, 1994; Yapko, 1994a) seriously overstates the available data. Since no studies have been conducted on suggested effects in psychotherapy per se, the idea of iatrogenic suggestion of false memories remains an untested hypothesis. (Memory, Trauma Treatment, And the Law Brown, Scheflin and Hammond (D. Corydon) 1998, W. W. Norton 0-393-70254-5)

Memory, Abuse, and Science: Questioning Claims About the False Memory Syndrome Epidemic Pope, K. (1996)
American Psychologist 51: 957.

Quotes: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.

A Brief History of the False Memory Research of Elizabeth Loftus

The Alleged Ethical Violations of Elizabeth Loftus in the Case of Jane Doe

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