Elizabeth F. Loftus

Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science and Law

Joint appointment in Psychological Science
Criminology, Law & Society
Cognitive Sciences
School of Law

Elizabeth F. Loftus


Psychology and law, human memory, eyewitness testimony, courtroom procedure


Prof. Elizabeth Loftus is one of the nation's leading experts on memory. She has been an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases, including the McMartin preschool molestation case, the trial of Oliver North, the trial of the officers accused in the Rodney King beating, and litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby and the Duke University Lacrosse players.

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  • Loftus, E.F., Thinking or Acting Like A Lawyer? What We Don’t Know About Legal Education and Are Afraid to Ask in The State of Legal Education Research: Then and Now and Tomorrow (eds. Ben Golder et al.) (2019).
  • Loftus, E.F. & Greenspan, R.L. (2017)  If I’m certain, is it true?  Accuracy and Confidence in eyewitness memory.   Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 18, 1-2
  • Loftus, E.F. (2017)  Eavesdropping on Memory.   Annual Review of Psychology, 68, 1-18.>
  • Grady, R.H., Butler, B.J. & Loftus, E.F. (2016)  What should happen after an officer-involved shooting?  Memory concerns in police reporting procedures.  Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition, 5, 246-251.>
  • Loftus, E. F. (2016) Illusions of Memory.  Skeptical Inquirer, 40, 22-23. (Honorary Doctorate Acceptance  Speech)
  • Daily Journal: "Boy Scout file release: the benefits...and harms" (PDF)
  • The New York Times Opinion: "The Risk of Ill-Informed Juries" (PDF)
  • The Wall Street Journal book review: "In the Memory Palace"
  • Goodman-Delahunty, J., Granhag, P.A., Hartwig, M. & Loftus, E.F. (2010) "INSIGHTFUL OR WISHFUL: Lawyers’ Ability to Predict Case Outcomes" (PDF). Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 16, No. 2, 133-157
  • Science magazine: "Bad Theories Can Harm Victims" (PDF)
  • Bernstein, D.M. & Loftus, E.F. (2009) The consequences of false memories for food preferences and choices. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 135-139
  • Peterson, T., Kaasa, S.,O. & Loftus, E.F. (2009). Me too! : Social Modeling Influences on Early Autobiographical Memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 267-277
  • Prof. Loftus' Scholarly Papers on SSRN
  • 2020: American Philosophical Society, 2020 Patrick Suppes Prize
  • 2018: Western Psychological Association, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • November 2016: Professor Loftus awarded 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science 
  • 2015: Doctor of Social Sciences Honoris Causa, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • 2013: Professor Loftus is awarded the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation for her research of memory distortion and false memories
  • July 2012: Professor Loftus is awarded the UCI Medal, UC Irvine's most prestigious honor, for her groundbreaking memory research