The University of Louisville awarded the 2005 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology in November to Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, for her research on false recollections and the reliability of eyewitness reports.
The Grawemeyer Foundation annually awards $1 million--$200,000 each for works in psychology, music composition, education, ideas improving world order and religion. Charles Grawemeyer was an industrialist, entrepreneur and University of Louisville graduate with a lifelong passion for music, education, religious studies and psychology. Rather than rewarding personal achievements, he chose to recognize powerful ideas and creative works in the sciences, arts and humanities, according to the foundation.
Loftus was chosen from among the 34 nominations the Grawemeyer Foundation received for the 2005 psychology award. Loftus's research has shown that people not only forget, but also falsely remember events. Her research has implications for eyewitness recollection, as well as psychotherapy's methods of probing memory, according to the foundation. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.