Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memory Inconsistencies essays

Memory Inconsistencies essays Memory Inconsistencies 2 Elizabeth Loftus theory of reconstructive memory proposes that when we try and remember an event, we will piece it bit by bit from our memories to reconstruct that event. However, gaps in our memory can distort our recollection of events, and our tendency is to fill in those gaps with our own plausible information, thus creating memories that never really occurred. These ideas imply the high malleability of our own memories, and the likelihood of not being able to accurately discriminate from what is real and what is imagined. With that in mind, does a question influence its answer? Do words enhance or distract our different sensory memories? What do we really remember about certain incidences that occur in our everyday lives? Moreover, does confidence correlate with accuracy? These are a few questions that are highly applicable in the PBS Frontline documentary, What Jennifer Saw. In the documentary, we learn that Jennifer Thompson was attacked and raped by an armed black man, and somehow managed to escape and call for help. During the attack however, Jennifer realized that if she did escape, her only way of identifying her assailant would be by closely remembering his facial features and speech. However, due to the circumstances Jennifer was only able to capture certain characteristics of the assailant and his tone of voice. Would this information be enough to pinpoint her attacker? In Jennifers case it was not. Jennifer was responsible for sending Ronald Cotton, an innocent man, to prison for 11 years. Inevitably, Jennifer wanted to identify her assailant to give herself closure, furthermore, her decisions were based on inconclusive evidence and suggestions made by the police in questioning. This demonstrates the high malleability of our memories because Jennifer was not confident in identifying her attacker. Even with idea...

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