Many people find it difficult to believe that memories held by themselves or others can be changed or modified dramatically by third parties.
Dr Julia Shaw
Wired magazine has recently published an article on how memory research can be applied to criminal cases to distinguish between reliable and non-reliable memories.
Are Childhood Memories Reliable? Is it possible that some of our most cherished memories are not exactly what they seem? In a new book called ‘The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, And The Science Of False Memory’, Dr Julia Shaw claims that far more of our memories may be fabrications than…
In an innovative and illuminating study, Dr Julia Shaw and Stephen Porter demonstrate how rich false memories of committing crimes can be generated by introducing incorrect details and utilizing suggestive memory techniques.
False memories are a normal part of everyday life and are not a symptom of mental ill-health or disease.
Dr Julia Shaw writes about false memories and how imagination can give credibility to them. It is possible not only to adopt false memories but even to ‘steal’ the memories of others and appropriate them to oneself.