Dr Dara Mojtahedi

Monday, February 25 2019 at 7:30PM

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Dr Dara Mojtahedi

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Think about the last time you were on holiday, how much do you remember about the journey there? More importantly, how confident are you that the memories you have of your trip were actually witnessed by you? It might sound like a daft question, but researchers have long demonstrated how easy it is for individuals to recall detailed memories that they never actually experienced. The phenomenon of false memories is more common than most think and it can have serious implications when the individual producing the false memory is a crime witness. Eyewitnesses will often play a pivotal role in the identification and conviction of offenders by providing reliable memory reports of criminal events. However, despite the criminal justice system’s high level of reliance on eyewitness evidence, research has demonstrated that eyewitnesses can be easily mislead into reporting unwitnessed information.

Dr Dara Mojtahedi, a lecturer in Psychology at The University of Huddersfield, discusses his research which seeks to explain how and why individuals often confabulate their recollections for events.