The Consequences of False Memories for Food Preferences and Choices

Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 135-139, 2009

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2009-11

6 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2009 Last revised: 22 Aug 2010

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Daniel M. Bernstein

Kwantlen Polytechnic University; University of Washington

Elizabeth F. Loftus

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychological Science; University of California, Irvine School of Law

Abstract

False memories, or memories for events that never occurred, have been documented in the real world and in the laboratory. In the real world, false memories involving trauma and abuse have resulted in real-life consequences. In the laboratory, researchers have just begun to study the consequences of false memories. We review this laboratory-based work and show how false memories for food-related experiences (e.g., becoming ill after eating egg salad) can lead to attitudinal and behavioral consequences (e.g., lowered self-reported preference for and decreased consumption of egg salad).

Suggested Citation

Bernstein, Daniel M. and Loftus, Elizabeth F., The Consequences of False Memories for Food Preferences and Choices. Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 135-139, 2009, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2009-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1375030

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