How to Study More Effectively: Putting Knowledge of Memory Functioning to Work

How to Study More Effectively: Putting Knowledge of Memory Functioning to Work

In this discussion forum, you will explore the imperfect content of our memories of experiences. For your initial post, complete the following steps:

 

Watch the following videos:

False Memories

Loftus Speaks: The Malleability of Memory

In the videos, Loftus describes the ease with which false memories can be created or altered. Yet people like Paul Shanely are incarcerated, convicted of heinous crimes based on the testimony of men who have claimed to have repressed memories of years of childhood sexual abuse until adulthood. The two sides of the argument are referred to as “The Memory Wars.” For this discussion, choose one of the following prompts:

 

Analyze both sides of the Shanely case. Which side is best supported by the scientific evidence? Which one do you support and why?

Analyze the case of the Ramona family. How could the daughter repress such memories for so long? Does the fact that her father successfully sued the therapist prove that the memories are false?

Analyze the case of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton. How is it possible to be so sure that you recognize a face when it is not the right person?

Provide an overview of Loftus’ research. How does that prove (or not) that memories can be created or altered?

Use your critical thinking skills and present a cogent analysis and argument for the position you choose to defend. Support your points with evidence from at least one peer-reviewed research article. Your initial post must be a minimum of 300 words.

 

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates. Choose posts that address a different prompt than you chose. In your answers, discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the content of each post. A minimum of 200 words should be used for each response to other posts. Be certain to continue monitoring the discussion board until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Day 7 of the week.

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