PSY 363 False Memories

Feb 7th, 2015
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PSY 363 M3 Assignment 2 QUESTIONS:  LASA 1: False Memories

The US legal system places a lot  of importance on eyewitness memory. Most people would report that they can  accurately convey what they saw in a particular situation. However, these  ideas are not supported by research. Instead, research shows that memory is  quite malleable and is affected by many factors. This research repeatedly  demonstrates that people do not remember exactly what they experienced. This  module’s experiment will show you firsthand how memory for events is not  always one hundred percent accurate.

Access the CogLab demonstration  False Memory. Follow the instructions to complete the demonstration to  familiarize yourself with false memory. Then locate at least one research  study from a peer-reviewed journal that examined how eyewitness memory can be  affected by false memories.

Based on your research, respond to  the following situation:

You are considered to be an expert  in false memories, and a local district attorney has therefore requested your  expertise on the following case: 

On Tuesday, March 6, 2007, a bank  was robbed in Slidell, LA. It was just after opening time, 9:04 a.m., and  there were barely any customers, when a car arrived and parked in the side  parking lot of the bank. Two men came out of the car and walked to the  entrance. Both wore dark clothing. Upon entering the bank, they held out guns  and asked for the manager. When the manager identified herself, the smaller  of the two robbers ordered her to open the safe. Meanwhile, the other robber,  a tall, and burley man, walked around holding his gun in his outstretched  arm, and threatening the remaining employees and customers. The manager  complied and the smaller robber collected all the money and valuables from  the safe. After five minutes, the big robber asked if his companion was ready  to go. When he was, the two ran back to their car, and drove away.

The district attorney has asked  that you create a presentation about false memory and explain how it might  influence this case. He asks that you specifically address the following:

  • Describe false memory and false memory experiments. Use the CogLab experiment to illustrate false       memory experiments, special distracters, and normal distracters.
  • Describe at least one research study from a peer-reviewed journal that investigated how       eyewitness memory can be affected by false memories.
  • Explain how false memory might influence this particular case. Use specifics from the description    of the case, the CogLab experiment, and research to support your answer.       
  • Using evidence from the case, the CogLab experiment, and outside research, justify why eyewitness testimonies should or should not carry weight in criminal proceedings.
  • Discuss any procedures which can increase or reduce the occurrence of false memories when reporting eyewitness events.

Remember, your presentation is designed to help the jury understand false memory and how it might influence the eyewitness testimony of this case. You will have ten minutes to present.

Since this is a legal case, you  must include formally written slide notes (proper grammar, proper paragraphs,  APA formatting, and academic tone) with research to support your claims. The  presentation will be a legal document in this case, so make it worthy of  being legally binding!

Develop an 5–6-slide presentation  in PowerPoint format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the  following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.ppt.

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