False Memories and Real Epistemic Problems
Reavey, P and Brown, SD (2017). False Memories and Real Epistemic Problems. Culture and Psychology.
|Authors||Reavey, P and Brown, SD|
The dichotomy between ‘truth’ and ‘falsity’ in relation to memory is difficult to clearly sustain. The veridicality of memory is typically established by drawing on the local, normative procedures that operate in a given setting (e.g. legal, clinical, social). Since all procedures are strictly relative, all memories are technically either ‘relatively falsified’ or ‘relatively as-yet-unfalsified’. False Memory Studies claim to be able explain the production of false memories, but do not offer criterion to effectively differentiate populations of so-called ‘true’ and ‘false’ victims. The narrative of the discovery of the ‘false memories’ themselves is inconsistent and demonstrates a significant level of imagination inflation and suggestibility to dominant narratives in post-war Psychology. In attending to the setting-specificity of memory, researchers may wish to consider how their work impacts on the experience-ecologies to which they contribute.
|Journal||Culture and Psychology|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications (UK and US)|
|18 May 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 Nov 2016|
|Accepted||26 Oct 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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