Elizabeth Loftus Awarded John Maddox Prize
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus awarded John Maddox Prize
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Elizabeth Loftus as she receives the prestigious John Maddox Prize for
persisting with her work in the area of false memories despite tremendous personal difficulty.
The John Maddox prize is a joint effort of the science journal Nature, The Kohn Foundation, and Sense About
Science to honor researchers who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, while facing
difficulty and hostility in doing so.
“The recognition is a good thing, Loftus told the Guardian. “After you have been through some of the things that
happened to me – death threats, insults, lawsuits, people trying to drum up letter campaigns to get me fired – it’s
really important to have something come along like this.”
When [Dr. Loftus] needs reassurance, she turns to a folder she has labelled “WhenBlue”. It is filled with letters of
gratitude from accused people: “It’s my place to go when I need to be reminded that I’m on the right track.” “You
don’t see it in the news so much, but there are still families that are in a state of destruction on account of these
For more on The Guardian’s interview with Dr. Loftus: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/17/we-cant-
For more info on Dr. Loftus’ memory work and the attempts made to intimidate her: http://www.slate.
For more on the John Maddox Prize: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/the-john-maddox-prize/
J.Bean and Pamela