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False Memory

The Big Idea for Monday, May 20, 2013

Our memory is faulty, and the judicial system needs to acknowledge this, argues Ross Pomeroy in today's lesson

Why, for instance, do eyewitnesses finger the wrong person in a crime? They're not lying. As Pomeroy points out, in the vast majority of case, the witnesses "profoundly and genuinely believed that the people they accused were the perpetrators of the crimes."

Pomeroy points to research that demonstrates how memories of erroneous details can be triggered and recalled. 


  1. 1 Time to End Eyewitness Testimony?
    Ross Pomeroy Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Exercising Your Brain to Improve Memory
    Ottavio Arancio
  3. 3 Erase Memories to Achieve Your Own “Eternal Sunshine”
    Matthew Liao
  4. 4 The Nature of Memory
    Augusten Burroughs

False Memory

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