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Emotional Content of True and False Memories
Memory, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 500-516, 2008 | UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2008-18
18 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2008 Last revised: 11 Sep 2010
Cara Laney | Reed College, Psychology
Elizabeth F. Loftus | University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; University of California, Irvine School of Law
Date Written: September 8, 2010
Many people believe that emotional memories (including those that arise in therapy) are particularly likely to represent true events because of their emotional content. But is emotional content a reliable indicator of memory accuracy? The current research assessed the emotional content of participants' pre-existing (true) and manipulated (false) memories for childhood events. False memories for one of three emotional childhood ...

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