"Everything you remember from last week may not be real, a panel of scientific experts cautioned yesterday. That is because the human brain is frighteningly susceptible to suggestive comments, subliminal messages and other tricks that can form false memories."
"In 1986 Nadean Cool, a nurse's aide in Wisconsin, sought therapy from a psychiatrist to help her cope with her reaction to a traumatic event experienced by her daughter. During therapy, the psychiatrist used hypnosis and other suggestive techniques to dig out buried memories of abuse that Cool herself had allegedly experienced. In the process, Cool became convinced that she had repressed memories of having been in a satanic cult, of eating babies, of being raped, of having sex with animals and of being forced to watch the murder of her eight-year-old friend."
"Planting False Childhood Memories: The Role Of Event Plausibility"
"Planting False Memories Of Cheating"
[Childhood sexual abuse memories require the demand for "plausibility" of the event occurring, which requires that patients and clients believe in the theory that emotional and behavioral problems are always caused by abuse.]
"Overall, the misinformation was remembered as being part of the original event about 47% of the time. So, expectedly, a robust impairment of memory was produced by exposure to misinformation— the misinformation effect. But the researchers' new work had a twist: They went on to show that the neural activity that occurred while the subjects processed the events and later the misinformation predicted whether a misinformation effect would occur."
"In the course of her therapy at Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, Taylor realized a close family member had repeatedly raped her, and that she'd been physically and sexually abused for years. The problem is, she alleges in a new lawsuit, none of it was true."
"All she wanted was a few counseling sessions to help her cope with depression and get on with graduate school. Instead, she spent four years and tens of thousands of dollars in the bizarre world of a hypnotherapist who talked to ancient deities and convinced her she was the victim of satanic abuse."
"Alan Alda had nothing against hard-boiled eggs until last spring. Then the actor, better known as Hawkeye from M*A*S*H, paid a visit to the University of California, Irvine. In his new guise as host of a science series on American TV, he was exploring the subject of memory. The researchers showed him round, and afterwards took him for a picnic in the park. By the time he came to leave, he had developed a dislike of hard-boiled eggs based on a memory of having made himself sick on them as a child - something that never happened."
"Therapist: Beware of False Memories
By Chaplain Paul G. Durbin Ph.D"
"Remember that wonderful day when Bugs Bunny hugged you at Disneyland? A study presented Sunday shows just how easy it can be to induce false memories in the minds of some people. More than a third of subjects in the study recalled that theme-park moment — impossible because Bugs is not a Disney character — after a researcher planted the false memory."
"So the students who had been told that they loved asparagus as children actually came to believe it to be true..."
'Researchers are showing how suggestion and imagination can create “memories” of events that did not actually occur'
"Whether it is possible to repress traumatic memories completely, and retrieve them pristinely is quite contested in the general population, but not so much amongst modern scientists. On the one hand we have had anecdotes in popular books and on television claiming trauma repression happens, some saying that they recovered memories that were then verified with parents, so it may be possible, but actual genuine cases seem to be rarer than once thought."
"Washington State which gives plaintiffs three years from the time the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered the abuse and its causal connection to adult psychological problems.(See Wash. Rev. Code Ann $4.16.340, West Supp. 1994)."
And so on...