Time to rewrite your autobiography?
Wade, Kimberley A. and Laney, Cara. (2008) Time to rewrite your autobiography? Psychologist, Vol.21 (No.7 ). pp. 588-593. ISSN 0952-8229
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Autobiographical memory is the “diary that we all carry about” said Oscar Wilde.
Autobiographical memory defines us. And because autobiographical memory is the
foundation on which we build our identity, we like to believe that our memories are
accurate, comprehensive and robust. Anything else would challenge our sense of self. But
over the previous decade, psychological scientists have shown that autobiographical
memory can be inexact, sketchy and frail. Various suggestive techniques can encourage
people to generate memories of whole events that never happened. And these illusory
memories are often held with great confidence, emotion, clarity, and vividness—but they
are not real. In this article, we discuss research showing that suggestion can create false
memories and change our autobiography.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Alternative Title:||Warning: your most treasured childhood memory may be false|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Autobiographical memory, Recovered memory, False memory syndrome|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Psychologist|
|Publisher:||British Psychological Society|
|Official Date:||July 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 588-593|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Original title: Warning: your most treasured childhood memory may be false.|
Berkowitz, S.R., Laney, C., Morris, E.K., Garry, M., & Loftus, E.F. (in press). Pluto
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