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Published: Tuesday July 25, 2017

False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes

The term false memory syndrome or FMS describes a phenomenon where an individual’s identity and relationships are affected by factually incorrect memories which they strongly believe to be true.

There have been many prominent cases linked often to regressive therapeutic interventions like recovered memory therapy which uses a mixture of hypnosis and directed questioning to “unlock” suppressed memories.

An excellent article focusing on Psychologist Julia Shaw was recently published in Wired magazine . Shaw has spent over 20 years researching and actively supporting individuals in the criminal justice system who may have been affected by false memory syndrome. Her article which can be accessed by clicking here  is a must read for anybody who is charged with undertaking purposeful conversations.

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