Harvard Psychologist Speaks at UNH on Memories of Trauma

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

Sept. 16, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. – Richard McNally, the Harvard University psychologist famous for debunking claims of alien abduction and other false memories of trauma, will speak Thursday, Sept. 25, at 3:40 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building’s Theater I at the University of New Hampshire.

A reception will follow his lecture, which is free and open to the public.

McNally is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author, most recently, of the book “Remembering Trauma.” His book is the first to answer questions like “Are horrific experiences indelibly fixed in a victim’s memory or does the mind protect itself by banishing traumatic memories from consciousness?” He will discuss his conclusion that traumatic memories are unforgettable.