Academic Year 2011-2012

Event Title

The Untruthful Power of Our Memories

Disciplines

Psychology

Description

While we’d all like to think that our memories are infallible, especially when our recollection of previous events seems so vivid, many studies have shown that memory recall is prone to error. This may be amusing when reminiscing about college or high school days with friends who remember a different version of events than you do. However, what about when other people’s memories determine the innocence or guilt of a person on trial? This presentation discussed the validity of eyewitness testimony in the context of the fallibility of memory retrieval.

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The Untruthful Power of Our Memories

While we’d all like to think that our memories are infallible, especially when our recollection of previous events seems so vivid, many studies have shown that memory recall is prone to error. This may be amusing when reminiscing about college or high school days with friends who remember a different version of events than you do. However, what about when other people’s memories determine the innocence or guilt of a person on trial? This presentation discussed the validity of eyewitness testimony in the context of the fallibility of memory retrieval.