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The Malleability of Memory

FMSF News Alert - September 14, 2016

Dear Friends,

We thought this article on the malleability of memory may interest our readers.

Why Memory Isn’t Reality

We found especially helpful the video by researcher Dr. Julia Shaw showing a six step recipe for creating false memories in test subjects:

1. Create an atmosphere of trust

2. Interview participant about a real memory

3. Introduce a false memory and add a few real details

4. Commence imagination inflation

5. Apply social pressure

6. Ask leading questions

This is exactly the kind of process we have been pointing to all along as potentially dangerous when used in a therapeutic situation to "recover" traumatic childhood memories.

J. Bean and Pam