Manic Monday: Loftus lost in the Mall

We've heard about how false memories can be "planted" in someone's mind. For example, people can be convinced they committed a crime they never did commit--in just a few hours! Others have been convinced they were raped, or molested as children. In 1999, Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus conducted a study that greatly impacted our understanding of … Continue reading Manic Monday: Loftus lost in the Mall

Manic Monday: Electroshock and LSD: Child Experiments

In the 1950s, Tulane University doctors performed a craniotomy on a 17-year-old girl who was considered “retarded.” In childhood, she had this label put on her, and in adolescence, she was further diagnoses as schizophrenic. The craniotomy, therefore, was a treatment for her schizophrenia. An incision was made through her cortex via the lateral ventricle, … Continue reading Manic Monday: Electroshock and LSD: Child Experiments

Manic Monday: Harlow’s Pit of Despair, the Rape Rack and Iron Maidens

“One of six monkeys isolated for three months refused to eat after release and died five days later…the effects of six months of total social isolation were so devastating and debilitating that we had assumed initially that twelve months of isolation would not produce any additional decrement. This assumption proved to be false; twelve months of isolation almost obliterated the animals socially.”