We have reported numerous times before about how malleable human memory can be (here and here) and on the dangers of the Reid Technique of interrogation that arise from this (here and here).
On Feb. 3, Mark Godsey posted this article from the LawTimesNews describing the resesarch of Prof. Stephen Porter and Julia Shaw. The study demonstrated that it is relatively easy to get people to “remember” details of a crime they never committed.
Our sincere thanks to the publisher of the study, SAGE Publications, for allowing us to post a link to the full text of the research article. The link will be active until March 5, 2015. See the full text here: Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime.
This excerpt from the abstract of the article: “It appears that in the context of a highly suggestive interview, people can quite readily generate rich false memories of committing crime.” And of course, for the term “highly suggestive interview” we can substitute “Reid Technique.”
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