Memory

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

Eyewitness identification often points to wrong person: Police adjust

Several jurisdictions are adopting the method of the “double-blind sequential lineup” to reduce false identification of suspects. Prince George’s police to transform photo lineups – The Washington Post. The Prince George’s County Police Department is transforming how detectives conduct photo lineups in an effort to prevent innocent people from going to prison. Starting this spring,…

‘San Antonio 4’ women freed as eyewitness testimony claim crumbled

Movement had finally occurred in this notorious false memory case. ‘San Antonio 4’ conviction overturned, three women to be freed | www.statesman.com. The remaining three of four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 have been freed after a judge agreed that their convictions were tainted by faulty witness testimony. Elizabeth…

Memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus receives prestigious award

The journal American Psychologist (July-August 2013 issue) awards Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology to Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of U.C. Irvine. “Elizabeth F. Loftus has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of memory during the past 40 years that are remarkable for their creativity and impact. She has been a pioneering…

Newspaper does a totally unbalanced piece on Warren and The Conjuring

Poorly done story hypes the haunting and ignores the issues with the Warrens “true stories”. The ‘true’ story behind ‘The Conjuring’ | Daily Record | dailyrecord.com. ‘The Conjuring’ scared up a surprising $41.5 million over the weekend with a haunted farmhouse tale said to be “based on the true story” of ghost hunters Ed and…

‘Proof Of Heaven’ Bestseller to be made into movie

Ick. Not my kind of movie. Eben Alexander’s book appeal to supernaturalists. Near Death Experiences is a hot topic these days. Universal Acquires ‘Proof Of Heaven’; Bestseller About Dying Surgeon Who Glimpses Afterlife – Deadline.com. Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle for movie rights to Proof Of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into The Afterlife, the…

Don’t trust what you KNOW you saw

Ben Radford gives us examples of how eyewitness accounts help and hurt when looking for missing persons. Ex-Cop Dorner ‘Sightings’ Highlight Problems with Eyewitnesses – Yahoo! News. Police have found charred human remains of what they suspect is ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, accused of several killings in the Los Angeles area. But during the manhunt…

Standard test of IQ is misleading, new study says

IQ is in question Western University-led research debunks the IQ myth After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, a Western University-led research team has concluded that the notion of measuring one’s intelligence quotient or IQ by a singular, standardized test is highly misleading. The findings from the landmark study, which included more than…

Apeman sightings in the U.K.

‘Britain’s Bigfoot’ spotted in Tunbridge Well You see some strange things in and around the county, but perhaps this could be the weirdest yet, after claims a British Bigfoot has been spotted in woodland near Tunbridge Wells. Dubbed the Kentish Apeman, it is claimed he towers eight-foot tall, is covered in hair and has red…