Memory Errors : Real Life Consequences

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Memory Errors: Real Life Consequences Denise Harper PSY352: Cognitive Psychology (CON1635A) Instructor: Dr. Frances Sirois Sept. 20, 2016 Memory Errors: Real Life Consequences Memory facilitates necessary functions in daily life activities, but it is not a perfect mechanism in operation. Goldstein (2011) states that memory is, “…the process involved in retaining, retrieving, and using information about stimuli, images, events, ideas, and skills after the original information is no longer present” (p.116). There are many adaptive functions within the complexities of the human memory system and the interlinked constructs between each function leave room for doubt in the accuracy of recollection. Study of the human mind has opened avenues of discovery on the inner workings of our brains and the resulting knowledge suggests that humans are prone to creating false memories and even remembering things that never actually happened. A great deal of information has been written explaining the nature of memory errors and within the following pages a real-life case offers a glimpse into how recall distortions and memory errors can wield unpleasant consequences. Memory errors can be avoided with a significant effort, but the truth remains that no one is perfect and memories are subject to individual bias. Time has proven to each individual that the human memory is imperfect. How often do people forget something as they are walking out the door? Such imperfections
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