The Misinformation effect – Incorporating “misinformation” into one’s memory of the event after witnessing an event and receiving misleading information about it.
Some of us may recall an event and tell the story of what happened believing that everything we “remember” actually happened. Memory can be misleading and manipulated.
In this video, the male telling the story of when he was lost as a child appears to be a true memory. He believes that this event really occurred. He even created specifics in his memory like the flannel shirt.
This can be interesting in a court room because a lot of what the jury can go by is “eye witnesses.” After many studies, we understand that an eye witness may not be as accurate and reliable as we originally thought. When someone wants to believe something so badly that person can create memories of an event that never happened or alter the true memory to match the desired memory.