Easy to Implant False Memories

  1. Scientific research is showing it is not difficult for people to be induced into remembering things that have not even happened! This worries me a bit.........
    Emotions and the power of suggestion, especially when sensory details [taste, sound, smell, touch] are emphasized, can lead us to false beliefs.
    In one study, after a leading interview, some 36% of people remembered being hugged by Bugs Bunny while visiting Disneyland...Bugs isn't even a Disney character. More disturbing, people can even show signs of PTSD from implanted memories!
    It is getting harder and harder to even know our own minds!
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    Very scarey........

  4. by   Rustyhammer
    But who would WANT to implant false memories.
    I don't see the point.
  5. by   renerian
    i have read other articles that say it is impossible to implant memories. People come forward after so many years and then say after they are in therapy that they suffered things they forgot about. I wonder if a screwy therapist or someone experimenting could do that. I have read other things to say this is not possible.

  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    I really don't see how it could be possible either, unless the person was under hypnosis--in which case, they have to agree to it, or it won't work.
  7. by   maureeno
    in Washington state there is a county [Chelan] which is having to pay a lot of money because of the memories suggested by child sex abuse investigators.
    People lost their children and went to prison based on children's false testimony.

    some people, including children, are very suggestible...hypnosis is based on presentations of suggestions.
  8. by   emily_mom
    I have a question....who in the hell would want to hug Bugs??
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    Chelan is too beautiful to have sex offending parents living there.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I keep waiting for someone to tell (hypnotically suggesting perhaps?) that I am not a poor nurse, but rather a rich heiress or something like that.........oh well....nice to dream.
  11. by   renerian
    Blue eyes rich heiress!!!!!!! Funny!