The Memory of Children

  • Carol B. Cole
  • Elizabeth F. Loftus


On the evening of March 2, 1984 in Hawaii, a 3-year-old girl (we will call her Katie) complained to her mother that she had been burned on her leg. Katie’s mother, thinking it was a mosquito bite, did not inspect the leg. Later that evening, Katie seemed to be inexplicably upset; she refused to be alone with her father, had nightmares, and screamed during the night. The following morning, the child talked of mosquito bites on her legs, but, when questioned by her mother, she eventually said the “bites” were burns from a gunlike device. After probing, Katie described a man who had abducted her from her preschool the previous day, had taken her to a house and photographed her, hugged her, and kissed her while she was naked. The man, she said, also burned her with fire from a gunlike device. Katie mentioned that a girlfriend from her preschool may also have been at the house.


Face Recognition Free Recall Retention Interval Misleading Information False Identification 
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  • Carol B. Cole
  • Elizabeth F. Loftus

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