- Eve Ash
- South Melbourne
CEO - Founder, Seven Dimensions
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What happens to people's memory in stressful/traumatic situations? What's the evidence for false memories, and changing reports of facts?
What happens to people's memory in stressful and traumatic situations, and is it truly possible for someone to have false memories? When something terrible happens in a person's life, or a crime is committed, witnesses often have difficulty remembering, yet some are adamant about their memories which turn out to be wrong. I am particularly interested in relation to how this impacts legal cases, where innocent people have ended up in prison as a result of their own memory issues or those of witnesses. What physiological evidence is there? And how does a polygraph help or not help in studying this?