The Myth Of False Memories Essay

1000 Words Dec 15th, 2015 null Page
Introduction There is a schism in the public opinion on the topic of memory, and there seems to be no clear consensus on, just how the human memory works. Not only there not widely spread misconception on how memory works in the public, but this misconception in the way memory functions has spread to our highest levels of law and justice too. There was a time that even the field of psychology was confused and divided by this issue. So, if psychology is what everybody looks to in for the answer these kind of controversial topics, and even psychology is confused. Who do you turn to, well you turn to psychology. It was in the early 1990’s that a series of very determined researchers in the field of psychology set out to clear up the myth of false memories. Although little is known about the elusive topic of false memories, prior to the 1980’s the primary source of memory myths was just publically spread folklore. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that valid research begin to get published. Even as valid research became more publically noticeable, it was not very consistent. The research of the 1980’s through the early 1990’s, just succeeded to divided and confuse people all the more. Most of this information stemmed from clinical research/ case studies that was published making claims that were not empirically supported or sufficiently tested. Volumes of studies were published claiming that repressed memories were the cause of patient’s issues and that this was a massive…

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