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    Itís Shockingly Easy to Create False Memories

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...ors_picks=true

    False memories come from investigators asking leading questions, therapists trying to uncover hidden truths, and yes, distraught parents engaged in acrimonious divorce proceedings.
    Is it possible to create false memories? Many may wonder this, partly because of the accusations of abuse made by Dylan Farrow against Woody Allen. Of course, I cannot speak to the truth of these accusations. What I can do, however, is provide some background on how and why researchers like me give people memories for events that never happened. And in truth, it is a shockingly easy thing to do.

    In the real world false memories can result from well-meaning investigators asking leading questions, from therapists trying to uncover hidden truths, and yes, from distraught parents engaged in acrimonious divorce proceedings. But just because false memories are possible in all of these circumstances (and many other, more everyday situations), it doesnít mean that a particular memory that exists in any of these circumstances is necessarily false.

    Itís important to point out that a false memory is different from a lie. Liars know what really happened, but claim something different. People with false memories honestly believe what theyíre sayingóthere is no intent to deceive. Theyíre just wrong about what actually happened, for predictable reasons. Memory does not passively record our lives and then allow us to look up this information later, even if thatís often how it feels. Instead, remembering is a process of revising and reinterpreting the past. Because of this, we are all susceptible to outside influences that can corrupt our existing memories and even produce entirely false memories.

    In the last 20 years or so research psychologists have given people false memories for a variety of events, using several different techniques. The first formal studies, in the 1990s, used information provided by the undergraduate subjectsí families and interviews to give subjects false memories for childhood events like being lost in a shopping mall, being rescued by a lifeguard, and being attacked by a vicious animal. The fact that the information supposedly came from the subjectsí own families, and the context of a formal research study, gave the information credibility, and many of the subjects believed that they had experienced these false events. And this was in spite of the fact that the family members had told the researchers explicitly that these events had not happened.
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    -t



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    The dude married his own freekin' adopted daughter and we are supposed to believe that his other adopted daughter made it all up? Give me a break....

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    I just knew this would be about Woody Allen.

    If he's innocent, why was he in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public?

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    article mentions woody allen to get views and ranking. admits there is no way to tell if one or the other has false memories or is lying. basically the bit about allen is irrelevant. I posted this because of the false memories part and that therapists, etc regularly implant them in people. The article also claimed toward the end that EVERYONE has false memories. Woody Allen is irrelevant to this discussion. it's not about him. What is about him is "hay the allen story is trending - If I name drop, my article will get read by a lot of people.

    -t

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangent4ronpaul View Post
    article mentions woody allen to get views and ranking. admits there is no way to tell if one or the other has false memories or is lying. basically the bit about allen is irrelevant. I posted this because of the false memories part and that therapists, etc regularly implant them in people. The article also claimed toward the end that EVERYONE has false memories. Woody Allen is irrelevant to this discussion. it's not about him. What is about him is "hay the allen story is trending - If I name drop, my article will get read by a lot of people.

    -t
    That's fine. I admit that adults often influence children into making false accusations, and that can be a nightmare for the falsely accused, I just don't that's the case here.



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