Reliability of the Human Memory

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Reliability of the human memory in eyewitness memory In this essay it will be argued how the human memory for recalling details of past events is not reliably accurate and that it will be interpreted through the reliability of memory in eyewitness memory and testimony. The human memory is a complex finding in the cognitive research of psychology, which can be explained by many different contributing factors but eyewitness is dependent upon the accuracy of long-term memory. However, research evidence suggests that people’s memories may not be as infallible as they think and may be influenced by other factors than what was thought in the first place, due to Bartlett’s theory of the reconstructive nature of memory. The term “reconstructive” refers to the brain’s active processing of information to make sense of the world. It is important to discuss and review some of the literature as to why it is important of how eyewitness testimony is a great example on the unreliability and accuracy of the human memory for the details of past events. The article written by (Loftus) in 2002 on the case of the Washington Sniper suggested that other bystanders created false memories after the event when a person mentioned certain information in an interview; this led others to believe this information to be true and thus creating a false memory by the post-event information. Eyewitness testimony refers to an account given by people of an event they have witnessed, for example they may be
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