Memory’s frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

Memory’s frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter
Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh

[Ed. – Libs still insist Kavanaugh is guilty.]

Experts say that because of how memory works, it’s possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s — believe what they say.

And which one of them believes his or her version more strongly is no tipoff to what really happened.

“Confidence is not a good guide to whether or not someone is telling the truth,” said Nora Newcombe, a psychology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. “If they think they’re telling the truth, they could plausibly both be confident about it.”

As the nation ponders the accusations from Ford that could derail Kavanaugh’s nomination, the possibility that one of them simply got it wrong has been floated on Capitol Hill. …

Experts say a person’s memory is not like a video recorder, perfectly capturing an objective record of everything that happens for later retrieval.

“Memory is mostly true but sometimes unreliable,” said psychologist Jennifer Talarico of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Generally, “we get the gist mostly right.”

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