Self-proclaimed “memory hacker” Julia Shaw just came out with a new book called The Memory Illusion and in it, she describes how false memories can be placed in people’s minds, which can sometimes lead to false police confessions, and even detailed accounts of being abducted by aliens.
Julia Shaw, author of The Memory Illusion, is a “memory hacker.”
Shaw explains that memory is a network of brain cells that stretch across different regions of the brain. As it gets updated, it can also be manipulated. For instance, some people claim to remember details from when they were toddlers, but’s that’s actually a false memory. At that age, our brains aren’t even developed enough to store memories. Instead, what we think we remember is caused by stories people told us, alongside photos related to the event.
Memory is a network of brain cells that stretch across different regions of the brain. As it gets updated, it can also be manipulated.
Now, false memories aren’t just in the realm of youngsters because even adults can have false memories implanted into them. “In the lab, I convince people through memory hacking that they committed crimes that never happened,” said Shaw says as a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. “I do it to show that the interrogation process can really distort memories, in consistent ways.”
All it really takes is to get someone to confuse their imagination with their memory, and then get them to repeatedly picture it happening. To demonstrate, Shaw would start off by letting the subject know they committed a crime, and then claim to know insider details about it. In her example she explains, “Your parents told me that, when you were 14, you stole something, and the police were involved,” she said, adding that she’ll say she called the parents, and give details of their talk, “and then you believe me. You know I contacted your parents, and you trust them.” And because she sounds credible, the subject will start to believe.
With a trained expert, false memories of crimes can be implanted in someone’s mind. Just imagine if this happened during an interrogation!
But Shaw doesn’t stop there. She’ll keep adding layers to the false memory such as the subject’s age, hometown, the name of their childhood best friend, all the while getting them to imagine the crime happening. She explains that over the course of a few weeks, the subject will then find it hard to decipher imagination versus a memory coming back – and that’s how the subject becomes convinced that the crime actually happened.
This information is groundbreaking in the legal justice system, especially if interrogators themselves are convinced that their suspect is guilty. It’s important to really scrutinize the way they carry out investigations in case some of them may intentionally or unintentionally start planting false memories.
Shopkeeper Cat Has Run a Store for 9 Years with Zero Days Off!
This adorable ginger cat from Chinatown, New York has been dubbed the King of the Store!
Let's face it; working every single day can be tiring and tedious. Everyone needs a few days off to revitalize themselves, right? And especially if you were a cat - a creature known for their love of naps and lounging around - days off would met with a lot of enthusiasm!
But not for this Bobo the shopkeeper cat! He's been working non-stop for 9 years, and he's nowhere near retiring.
Bobo is ginger cat who is an employee in a store in Chinatown, New York. The owner found him one day and decided to give him a place to stay. This was 9 years ago, and Bobo has thanked his rescuer by working relentlessly in his store without a single day off! Now that's dedication!
10 Surprising Characteristics Only Very Intelligent People Have
Do you make this multi-smart list?
There are many kinds of intelligence, and they show up in a person in a myriad different ways. Some people are good at math, others show proficiency in languages. Yet others are skilled in artistry or social interaction.
Not many people are proficient in all these areas of intelligence, however. It is a rare individual who is able to tap in these different kinds of intelligence, and function at a high ability level.
One can identify these multi-intelligent individuals by 10 common traits:
Dog With Brain Tumor Lives Long Enough To Attend Owner’s Wedding
This heartbreaking story of a dog with brain tumor will definitely give you the feels.
Dogs are man’s best friend in more ways than we can imagine. In fact, there are those who consider their tail-wagging pals more like a part of the family than a mere pet. Man and dog’s compatibility is immeasurable if only in terms of depth but unfortunately, dogs do not have the same life span as humans.
Charlie Bear is a black lab mix under the care of Kelly O’Connell. They met when he was only 12 weeks old and was brought to the animal shelter where Kelly was working while training to become a vet.
At the time, he was abandoned in a shopping cart at a nearby grocery store but was lucky enough to find Kelly. According to the pet owner, she wasn’t looking for a dog.
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