How Reliable is your MEMORY
Elizabeth Loftus is a psychologist who studies memory. She does not study the reason why people "forget"information, she studies why people remember but still forget. She studies a lot of false memories, when people either remember things that did not happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. In my American lit class we were listening to a podcast which informs us of a teenager, Adnad, being accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. The shocking detail about the trial is that they only took the testimony of his "friend" Jay, who claims he knew about Adnad's plan of killing Hay, Adnad's ex-girlfriend. What the psychologist Loftus was stating is that in her research 300 defendants were convicted of crime they did not do and spent 10+ years in prison to only later be defined as innocent. And those cases have been analyzed and three quarters of them are due to faulty memory. Adnad went through similar things, considering the only testimony that is being used is Jay's. Along with several other people who are now only using there testimony have very blurry memories about the day of the murder. None are certain of the day, but yet they come up with several assumptions as to what happened that day. The question now is is there information really accurate? or is Adnad being accused of a murder due to faulty memory? In reality to much happened to accurately remember what happened that day, because there is to much information to capture and at the end your just adding tiny memories together to come up with a story. Lets just hope that Adnad gets a fair trial and gets the chance to see something in life other than four walls in jail. that is if he is innocent.