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Recovered v. False Memories, by Dr. Pamela Freyd and Eleanor Goldstein

Recovered v. False Memories, by Dr. Pamela Freyd and Eleanor Goldstein

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The Memory Wars: Recovered v. False Memories

ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST VOLATILE SOCIAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME, the “memory wars” involves the ongoing controversy over the nature of memory, particularly with regard to the theory that memories can be “repressed” and later “recovered” through special therapeutic techniques such as hypnotic regression, fantasy role playing, and dream interpretation. The American Psychological Association has gone through upheaval and turmoil as psychologists from both experimental and therapeutic fields have chosen sides in this war. Far more than an academic dispute, however, individuals today sit in jail convicted for child molestation based on nothing more than evidence taken from these “recovered” memories. But families are fighting back, suing therapists and winning. Is it the end of the beginning for the Recovered Memory Movement, or the beginning of the end?

Dr. Pamela Freyd and Eleanor Goldstein are two of the foremost authorities in this field and are pioneering activists in the fight against false accusations of the worst crime in America: child molestation. As head of the two most prominent organizations in the education about and fight against so-called recovered memories, Freyd and Goldstein will bring us up to date on the latest research into the nature of memory, the ramifications of recent legal decisions for families, professionals, and the law, and the social milieu that allowed this moral panic to take root and thrive in our culture.

Dr. Pamela Freyd is founder and Executive Director of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and Research Associate at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Eleanor Goldstein is the founder of the Social Issues Resources Series and author of Confabulations: Creating False Memories—Destroying Families and True Stories of False Memories.

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