.....Scientists have discovered that more elaborate false memories can be instilled in subjects with relative ease, both intentionally and unintentionally. In one much-publicized study, Elizabeth Loftus and her colleagues at the University of California at Irvine were able to convince nearly one-third of their subjects that they had been lost in a shopping mall as a child. (Prior interviews with close relatives confirmed that the subjects—aged eighteen to fifty-three—had never actually had such an experience.) More controversial examples of false memories have involved recollections of alleged physical or sexual abuse that were "repressed" and later said to be recovered with the help of a therapist—often using hypnosis, "guided imagery," or other controversial practices.
..........— Dan Falk (1966 - ), Canadian science journalist, broadcaster, and author. In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension (2008).
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