Current Issues and Advances in Misinformation Research

Current Directions in Psychological Science, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 20-23, 2011

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2011-10

5 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2011

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Steven J. Frenda

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

Rebecca M. Nichols

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

Elizabeth F. Loftus

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; University of California, Irvine School of Law

Abstract

Eyewitnesses are often called upon to report information about what they have seen. A wealth of research from the past century has demonstrated, however, that eyewitness memory is malleable and vulnerable to distorting influences, including the effects of misinformation. In this article, we review recent developments in research related to the misinformation effect, including individual differences in susceptibility, neuroimaging approaches, and protective interview procedures that may better elicit accurate event details. We conclude with a section on related false memory research.

Suggested Citation

Frenda, Steven J. and Nichols, Rebecca M. and Loftus, Elizabeth F., Current Issues and Advances in Misinformation Research. Current Directions in Psychological Science, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 20-23, 2011; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2011-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762925

Steven J. Frenda

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior ( email )

4201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
United States

Rebecca M. Nichols

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior ( email )

4201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
United States

Elizabeth F. Loftus (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior ( email )

4201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
United States

University of California, Irvine School of Law

401 E. Peltason Dr.
Ste. 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

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