In MinnPost, Susan Perry discusses a study of false memories that was published in Psychological Science. Researchers found it took only three hours to get ordinary students convinced that they’d had traumatic experiences or committed crimes in their childhood which had never actually occurred.
In the study, recounts Perry, researchers contacted the students’ caregivers and gained intimate details of emotionally powerful events of different kinds which did occur. Then, they employed some of these facts, along with memory recall “assistance” techniques, in conversational strategies that soon had 70%, or 21 of 30 students, convinced of significant false memories.
Innocent people can be easily convinced they committed a crime, study finds (MinnPost, January 21, 2015)