Memory Construction

Memory Construction - Memory Construction 11. Describe the...

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Memory Construction 11. Describe the evidence for the constructive nature of memory and the impact of imagination and leading questions on eyewitness recall. Memories are not stored as exact copies, and they certainly are not retrieved as such. Rather, we construct our memories, using both stored and new information. In many experiments around the world, people have witnessed an event, received or not received misleading information about it, and then taken a memory test. The repeated result is a misinformation effect: After exposure to subtle misinformation, many people misremember. Asking leading questions can plant false memories. As people recount an experience they fill in their memory gaps with plausible guesses. Other vivid retellings may also implant false memories. Even repeatedly imagining nonexistent events can create false memories. Our memory for the source of an event (source amnesia) is particularly frail. Thus, we may recognize someone but have no idea where we have seen the
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