False Memory in Criminal Investigation

C. J. Brainerd and V. F. Reyna

in The Science of False Memory

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195154054
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868384 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 False Memory in Criminal Investigation

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This chapter begins with a precis of the recent history of how the law handles child sexual abuse allegations in the United States. It then discusses research on the suggestibility of children's memory reports. The chapter concludes by considering a major way in which the results of such research have benefited the investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse crimes — namely, the development of best-practice protocols for conducting forensic interviews of child victims and witnesses.

Keywords: false memories; child sexual abuse; suggestibility; children; memory; victims; witnesses; forensic interviews

Chapter.  34998 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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