False memory isn’t a subject you hear much about. If you haven’t heard about it, consider yourself lucky. Its impact on the individuals involved and their families can be catastrophic, not to mention the cost to the justice system.
Psychiatrist, Paul R McHugh, describes false memory as “a condition in which a person’s identity and interpersonal relationships are centred around a memory of traumatic experience which is objectively false but in which the person strongly believes.” (British False Memory Society website)
In this episode, Kevin Felstead shares the complexities of working with false memory cases within the UK legal system. He clarifies the difference between false memory allegations and real cases of sexual abuse. In talking about the implications of false memory, Kevin also introduces listeners to the work of the British False Memory Society.
Kevin is Director of Communications at the British False Memory Society.
British False Memory Society – UK website
How False Memories Corrupt Our Identities, Politics, and Justice System – Julia Shaw, TEDxBergen
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