Findings that children are less likely than adults to distort memories when negative emotions are evoked has significant implications for the criminal justice system.
A study assessing the performance of 200 people on a simulated freeway driving task, with or without having a cell phone conversation that involved memorizing words and solving math problems, has found that, as expected, performance on both tasks was significantly impaired.
As we all know, being interrupted during a task greatly increases the chance we’ll go off-kilter (I discuss the worst circumstances and how you can minimize the risk of mistakes in my book Planning to remember).
When we tell people about things that have happened to us, we shape the stories to our audience and our purpose. The amount of detail we give and the slant we give to it depends on our perceptions of our audience and what we think they want to hear. Does this change our memory for the event?
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- Everyday memory problems
- Action Slips
- Forgetting a skill or procedure
- Forgetting to do things
- Short-Term Memory Problems
- Word-finding problems
- The fallibility of human memory
- Normal is a label too
- Even mild head injuries can seriously affect the brain