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Description: Have you heard of the Netflix documentary called Making a Murder? Regardless think about this question. Is it possible to get someone to confess to a crime they did not commit or to even believe they actually did it? Read on!

Source: Making of a Murder Memory

Date: January 18, 2016

Murder Memory

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Have you heard of the Netflix documentary called Making a Murder? If not then you are likely not paying attention to media trends but if so you are likely interested in the question of whether it is possible to make someone confess to something they did not do and if so is it possible to do so in such a way that they themselves believe they are actually guilty! The article linked above is written by Julia Shaw who conducts research and write on this question. The research results on this question may surprise you.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Why (or when) might people confess to things they did not actually do?
  2. Do some people who confess to things they did not do actually believe they did those things?
  3. What implications does this area of research hold for criminal Justice investigation and adjudication?

References (Read Further):

Kessler, R. C., Sonnega, A., Bromet, E., Hughes, M., Shipherd, J. C., & Salters-Pedneault, K. (2015). False Memories: Effect of Post-Event Visual and Linguistic Information. Encephalon, 218, 32.

Kurkela, K. A., & Dennis, N. A. (2016). Event-related fMRI studies of false memory: An Activation Likelihood Estimation meta-analysis. Neuropsychologia, 81, 149-167.

Patihis, L., & Loftus, E. F. (2015). Crashing Memory 2.0: False Memories in Adults for an Upsetting Childhood Event. Applied Cognitive Psychology.