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False Memory In Psychology: Examples & More

False Memory In Psychology: Examples & More

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  • False memory is a psychological phenomenon whereby an individual recalls an actual occurrence substantially differently from how it transpired or an event that never even happened.
  • Interference, leading questions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, false memory syndrome, and sleep deprivation can cause false memories.
  • Pioneered by the work of Sigmund Freud and Pierre Janet, research on false memory has immensely benefitted from the contributions of the American cognitive psychologist Elizabeth F. Lotus.
  • False memory has manifold real-world implications ranging from false convictions in court proceedings to accidental manslaughter.

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