Lies detrimental to memory
Black outs and self-excused memory loss could disturb memories of reality
31 October 2006
MAASTRICHT - People who consciously pretend as if they can not remember something, thus to lie, with that behaviour disturb their real memories. As a result, they can eventually remember little of what in reality has happened. That becomes clear from research from the University of Maastricht.
Especially the police force often has to deal with suspects that say they are not able to remember anything about a crime. That can be so with major criminality, but also with those motorists who cause a traffic accident and then use a black-out, a breach in the memory, as an excuse.
According to researcher Kim van Oorsouw, who will graduate November 30th following her doctoral study into amnesia and criminal behaviour, suspects who say they have a black-out, should be directly subjected to a memory loss test.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news