Psychology Essay 2 - Thomas Molineaux 720105306 Memories...

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Thomas Molineaux 720105306 Memories derived through hypnosis are problematic to deal with. On the one hand they prove exceptionally useful. This usefulness is demonstrated when the author articulates that hypnosis is used to help recall the memory of a witness in many court cases. However, the solid accuracy of these accounts is questionable at best. Peter Sheehan illustrates this with his experiment that shows how people are more inclined to incorporate false suggestion into memory. Sheehan’s experiment validated the notion that when a person is given a suggestion while undergoing hypnosis, he or she is more likely to believe it as fact and create it as their own memory. Opponents of hypnosis use, in regards to memory recollection, state that “hypnosis creates a dissociation in consciousness” (Weiten 154). They argue that while ‘hypnotized,’ people generally have two separate streams of awareness going simultaneously. This act of dissociation can actually muddle the distinction between memory and fantasy, therefore
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course SOCI 100 taught by Professor Mcgee during the Spring '10 term at East Carolina University .

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Psychology Essay 2 - Thomas Molineaux 720105306 Memories...

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