False Memories and Free Speech: Is Scientific Debate Being Suppressed?

Bernice Andrews, Chris R Brewin

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Commentators have raised important points, including the relative contribution of false beliefs versus false memories and the issue of how findings in the laboratory can be generalized to the real world, which we have addressed here. However, some of the commentaries misrepresent what we said, make criticisms that are unfounded, or imply that our article should not have been published in Applied Cognitive Psychology. We relate these responses to a more general literature on the suppression of unwanted scientific findings and suggest that the study of false memory would be better served by more openness to alternative perspectives.Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date14 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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