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“I’ll never forget that day” We tend to believe that the more important an experience, the more likely it is that it will be ‘engraved’ on the brain. In the asylum system, this is maintained by decision makers who maintain the belief that a genuine victim of trauma will be...

21st June 2016

Page contentsWhy do we think this?What does the research show?Memories are actively reconstructed each time they are recountedMemories change over timeMemories change over time, sometimes very significantlyTruthful witnesses change as much as 30% of the details of an event on subsequent retellingsMoreover…Truthful witnesses often remember more details over timeWhat have...

23rd February 2016
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