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Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research by Frederick G. Conrad, David G. Payne

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How Basic and Applied Research Inform Each Other

Margaret Jean Intons-Peterson

Indiana University

As the media have portrayed, often in lurid detail, the recovery of childhood memories of sexual abuse may have far-reaching effects (e.g., Pressley & Grossman, 1994). These memories can be devastating if the recalled experiences are real and traumatic. They also can be devastating if the memories are false, for false memories may lead to erroneous allegations. Is it possible for memories to be truly false? If so, how do such “memories” arise? Might others “plant” them, intentionally or unintentionally? Might rememberers try to construct stories from fragmentary memories or even from suggestions made by others? Such memories would not be valid, ...

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