Saturday, March 24, 2012

How good is your memory ?

Your memory isn’t as good as you think. When you remember an event in the past, your brain uses a very similar technique to imagining the future. The process is less like “replaying a video” than “putting on a play from a script.” If the script is wrong for whatever reason, you can have a false memory that is just as vivid as a true one. Eyewitness testimony, it turns out, is one of the least reliable forms of evidence allowed into courtrooms.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

But eyewitness is what most of the trials ask for, right ?!

Chandan said...

True, but then again people having false memory is rare. I guess that is the reason for why courts prefer eyewitness testimony.

molarbear's posts said...

Our memories are notoriously fickle...we tend to remember, and forget, selectively.