Could You “Remember” a Crime You Didn’t Commit?

16 Jun


Could You “Remember” a Crime You Didn’t Commit?

Yes, you could. It’s a strange phenomenon in humans that they will erroneously “remember” events, or create memories from whole cloth, and, at times, even confess to things they did not do.

Here is an excellent article in The New Yorker written by investigative journalist Douglas Starr.

Doug was our guest on Crime and Science Radio and his interview was fascinating and insightful.

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3 responses to “Could You “Remember” a Crime You Didn’t Commit?

  1. Cheryl B. Dale

    June 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Scary to think a lie can lead to a person actually believing s/he is guilty of a crime when it isn’t true.


  2. larrywchavis

    June 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Books & Life & the Whole Shebang.


  3. Frank

    June 18, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Actually it isn’t very surprising at all. Relatively recently there was an incident where a police officer shot and killed a person in self defense. Some witness saw a completely different situation as compared to the video for the incident (a dash cam, I suspect)

    Just imagine what a couple hours of interrogation or question can do to a person. It was only a decade ago or more that ordinary children were discovering they were molested by their fathers, uncles and older brothers only to discover these memories were created in response to psychiatric treatment.

    Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.



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