Real Pictures, False Memories

A recent study has shown how surprisingly easy it is to convince people that they remember things that never happened to them. 27.3% of the college students who participated in the study were able to be persuaded to 'remember' a fictitious event that supposedly happened during their childhood. But when a picture was produced to help jog their memory, that figure rose to 65.2%. So the next time you want to remind someone of that money they owe you, bring along a picture.

Psychology

Posted on Wed Apr 14, 2004



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Elizabeth Loftus did studies about that in the 70s-90s. http://www.snow.edu/~jeffc/aliens.pdf
There's some information about false memories on page 60. Its also Scientfic American, September, 1997.
Posted by Wes Rains  in  earth  on  Fri Apr 16, 2004  at  01:05 AM
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