Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Returning to memory

Re-reading my post "memory and plagiarism", I remember a tv programme where they showed people photos from their childhoods and asked them to talk about their memories of the pictures. But one of the photos was faked, of each of them as a child in a hot-air balloon.

On first sight, none of them could remember their air trip, but they were shown the same set of photos again after a week or so, and the majority had fabricated memories to tell of their experience when interviewed second time round.

It wasn't a case of the interviewees setting out to deceive intentionally but more about the suggestibility of memory.

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