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Suggestive memory techniques

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Mouakoon Yang
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10-23-2011

Suggestive memory techniques is an important and most interesting concept we have learned too me. The suggestive memory technique is a type of technique that people use to enforce false information into someone else's memories. This technique forces the victim to think he or she has really done what they have said he or she has done. I believe learning this concept is important because of what these false memories can change a person. For example we have read the story of Paul Ingram who confessed to raping his two daughters when he really had not. In the article we have read it talks about how Paul is a good person who is also a law-enforcement officer. He was accused of rape because his two daughter have told the police he have raped them for several years. But truth he have not done any of this to his daughters, but because he was isolated for interrogation by the police and they have made him confess and have planted false memories into his mind by interrogating him and forcing him to remember the events of the rapes on his daughters. We have found out that all this was a lie because there where no evidence show to prove he was guilty but because of the suggestive memory techniques used on him he had confessed to the charges. That's why this concept is important to help us understand and stop ourselves if possible to fall into these situations or to put people in these situations, like I have done before to my dad by forcing fake ideas into his memories to make him believe he was the one who left his socks in the laundry room sink which caused it to flood.

Source - psy 1001 text, and article Imagining Satan: How invented memories and a modern-day witch hunt landed one Spokane man in prison.
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