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OSU ID: 200014570 Instructor Name: Jean-Philippe Gouin Class Day/Time: MWF 9:30-10:48 Class Number: 28548 Paper # 5: Memories of Things Unseen Article Summary: In a 2004 article, Elizabeth Luftus discusses the malleability of memory. She has found that it is possible for a person to change the details of previous memories and also to believe that false events actually occurred despite how unusual they may be. I learned that false memories may differentiate in the amount of confidence a person believes in it compared to a real memory, but studies have shown surprisingly how many people strongly believe that fake events occurred. This is important to understand because sometimes-false memories have consequences on later events and behaviors. An example used in the article talked about an experiment conducted which exposed a false ad to adults showing bugs bunny in front of the Disney land castle. Some of the adults were convinced that when they went to Disney land as a child that they had actually met Bugs Bunny. We know this could not be true because Bugs Bunny is not a Disney
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course PSYCH 2300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at Aarhus Universitet.

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