‘False memories’ are more common than you think

‘False memories’ are more common than you think
Christine Blasey Ford (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Another scientific finding the party of science has no use for.]

A possible counter-explanation of Ford’s story would be to say that she has a “false memory,” not that she is bearing “false witness.”

What if we were to leave this national political circus for a moment and step inside a well-established branch of neuropsychology? A science that, over the past few decades, has revealed just how easily our memories become distorted.

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive scientist and law professor who has studied memory for more than 40 years, with a particular focus on how it unfolds in the courtroom, has advanced a number of illuminating studies over the years. One gathered information on 300 people in the United States who had gone to prison for crimes they did not commit, as proved by later DNA evidence. Of those 300 (some of whom were imprisoned as long as 30 years), three-quarters of the convictions were the result of the false memories of the accuser.

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