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How can someone make themselves believe something that never happened How are false memories created False memories are events that have not happened in a persons life but believe that they have As I was in psychology class professor Behar started telling us about a research that was made on 200 people Those 200 participants were told to imagine themselves as kids in Disney Land Then they were told to imagine they had got lost in Disney Land After four years the same participants that were in the study were asked if they had gotten lost at Disney Land and the majority said yes However before the study was carried out the researchers had called the participants parents to ask if their son or daughter had gotten lost as a child in Disney Land and the parents had said no This research example caught my attention right at that moment and it made me wonder about why they said they got lost when they never did I found it interesting because how can the participant say they did get lost when they never really did they were just told to imagine It made me wonder if we can create false memories on our own and if false memories can affect a person To what extent can false memories lead As I think more about my topic I come to realize that I myself create false memories without even knowing that I am creating a false memory For example sometimes I find myself leaving the house and then asking myself if I turned off my straighter and thinking yes I did turn it off and being sure of it However once I come home I check if I actually turned it off and I find that I did not turn it off How can I say to myself that I turned it off when I never did As I read Loftus article I found that
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