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.


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.