In this discussion forum, you will explore the imperfect content of our memories of past experiences. For your initial post, complete the following steps:
- Watch the following videos:
- False memories.
- Loftus Speaks: The Malleability of Memory.
- Optional Support:
- Then, go to the Coglab to experience one of the procedures/tasks that scientists have used to investigate memory errors and distortions.
- Select one of the following experiments:
- False Memory (i.e., an illustration of one of the sources of memory errors
- Forgot It All Along Effect (i.e., the phenomenon whereby prior episodes of remembering are forgotten)
Keep in mind that each experiment illustrates a procedure/task that is used by scientists to understand the fallibility of long-term memory. Read the section of the textbook devoted to the selected experiment. Then, consider what participants’ performance on the corresponding task tells you about long-term memory’s errors and distortions. Also, consider the extent to which the results of the selected experiment apply to real-life experiences and settings. For instance, what do the results of the false memory experiment with words tell you about real-life cases of false memories of traumatic experiences, faulty eyewitness testimony, etc.? Support your points with evidence from at least one peer-reviewed research article. Your initial post must be a minimum of 300 words.
Guided Response: Use a minimum of one scholarly source found at the Ashford Library or Google Scholar to critically examine the procedure that you have selected and its results. Offer a substantial response to at least two other posts written by members of the class. You may respond to (a) a post that discusses a different procedure from the one that you have selected, (b) a post that discusses the same procedure, and (c) an inquiry from your instructor. Keep in mind that both peers and instructor are members of the class. In your answers, talk about the extent to which you agree or disagree with the content of each post. Be sure that you cite scientific evidence to support your views. A minimum of 200 words should be used for each response to other posts. Be sure to follow APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Be certain to continue monitoring the discussion board until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Day 7 of the week.