NY Mag, Nov. 22, 2016
Remembering childhood trauma that never happened
Daniel Schacter was one of the first scientists to look seriously at the nature of false memories, but the person who brought them into the global spotlight was University of California, Irvine, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus. Her research over the past three and a half decades has upended everything we thought we knew about this phenomenon.
Financial Times, Nov. 21, 2016
False memory, manipulation and the tooth fairy
Memory is a master magician, capable of tricking us into remembering falsehoods as truths and vice versa. We know this mostly thanks to Elizabeth Loftus, professor of law and cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, who became embroiled in the “memory wars” of the 1990s when she began questioning the veracity of the recovered memories of abuse survivors. I found myself lunching with her last week, when she was in London to receive the 2016 John Maddox Prize ….
Slate, Nov. 21, 2016
The war on drugs is coming back
To find out what Sessions would actually be able to do as attorney general to advance his severe vision of justice, I called Mona Lynch, a professor of criminology and law at the University of California, Irvine and the author of a new book called Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court. Our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, follows below.
United Press International, Nov. 21, 2016
Surprising carbon sink: Cement absorbs, stores greenhouse gas
“It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true,” Steven Davis, an Earth scientist at the University of California, Irvine, said in a news release. “The cement poured around the world since 1930 has taken up a substantial portion of the CO2 released when it was initially produced.”
Science, Nov. 22, 2016
Has your lab done the Mannequin Challenge yet?
Many labs are taking on the Mannequin Challenge, in which groups of people stand stock-still for the video camera − often in extreme poses − as if suddenly frozen in time. The video above comes from the Dong Research Group at the University of California, Irvine.
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