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Recollection or Fabrication?

How memory works

By Layla Dowthwaite

Since the first cases involving repressed memories were taken to court, controversy has developed concerning the credibility of childhood memories which ‘emerge into consciousness’ (Loftus 1993, p518) in later adult life. Recent research suggests that creating a false memory in certain people’s minds is not unachievable, although determining the authenticity of memories is virtually impossible without corroborating evidence. This leaves us wondering about the validity of our own recollections, how time can distort the way our mind stores memories, and if it really is possible that we can be convinced to truly believe something which never occurred actually took place. Psychoanalysis is the major technique used to unleash (or create) repressed

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