Memory


The old commercial asked, “Is it real, or is it Memorex?” Perhaps a better question would be “Is that a lie, or did you just forget?”

“The fallibility of memory is well established in the scientific literature, but mistaken intuitions about memory persist,” Chabris said. “The extent of these misbeliefs helps explain why so many people assume that politicians who may simply be remembering things wrong must be deliberately lying.”

The new findings also have important implications for proceedings in legal cases, the researchers said.

“Our memories can change even if we don’t realize they have changed,” Simons said. “That means that if a defendant can’t remember something, a jury might assume the person is lying. And misremembering one detail can impugn their credibility for other testimony, when it might just reflect the normal fallibility of memory.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a poem or scene where someone has to deal with being accused of lying when they really just forgot.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when you think someone is lying to you?

Art Prompt: I Forgot

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the malleability of memory and give them strategies for dealing with people who may not remember.

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