Epilogue: Continuing points of contention in the recovered memory debate

Robert F. Belli

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Four contentious issues in the recovered memory debate are explored. Volume contributors offer differing perspectives on the generalizability of laboratory research, on the role of emotion in memory, on the prevalence of false recoveries, and on the motivations that underlie differences in opinion, especially with regard to whether the debate ought to be framed within a larger sociopolitical context. The recovered memory debate is argued to center on two ethical concerns that happen to be in conflict, equality among groups on one hand and due process protections on the other. Additional movement toward reconciliation is possible with a fair assessment of all available evidence, with a mutual understanding of differing perspectives, and with civil discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTrue and False Recovered Memories
Subtitle of host publicationToward a Reconciliation of the Debate
EditorsRobert Belli
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameNebraska Symposium on Motivation
ISSN (Print)0146-7875


  • Emotion and memory
  • False memories
  • Scientific debate
  • Sociopolitical context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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