What is the Mandela Effect? False Memories Explained by Elizabeth Loftus

The Mandela Effect was coined to represent the phenomenon in which people all over the world swear that they remember South African President Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 80s – complete with vivid recollections of news coverage and an emotional interview with Mandela’s widow – when really he died in 2013 at home. The term is now used to refer to a situation in which a large number of people believe that an event occurred when it did not.

World-renowned cognitive psychologist and expert on human memory Elizabeth Loftus‘s expertise in the field has been used to assist with criminal cases ranging from that of Harvey Weinstein, to OJ Simpson, to Ted Bundy, to Michael Jackson. Listen in as we chat with her about false memories, how they might explain the Mandela Effect, and how they can play a role in criminal court cases.

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