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The Inconsistencies Of Memory

Nina Wang | Posted 06.22.2016 | Science
Nina Wang

"Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were." -- Marcel Proust Proust's In Search of Lost Time is perhaps t...

What #TheDress Says About Eyewitness Misidentification

Adam Banner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

So, if the description of a single dress -- a still image -- can be so polarizing, what does this say about eyewitness identification and memory of an event that likely occurred in a traumatic situation?

Rock Star Professor or Memory Magician? Perhaps You Recall

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

It is one thing to talk about how our minds can fool us. An adult remembers going to Disneyland as a child for a picture with Bugs Bunny? No problem. It is different when you see how our minds can fail us.

The Urgent Need To Reform Police Collection Of Eyewitness Evidence

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 10.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Tara Lai Quinlan

Why then would police resist seemingly common sense reforms to eyewitness identification procedures? The issue has less to do with the sensibility of the measures themselves and more to do with the complex nature of policing culture.

We Are Naturally Bad Sleuths.. And Frequently Fail To Find The Truth

Mark Godsey | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Godsey

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow could 10 witnesses have all said they were certain a defendant was the perpetrator of the crime, when DNA testing later proved that he was innocent?

Do We Own Our Memories?

Adam Kolber | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Adam Kolber

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs we develop more effective ways to access and alter the memories of others, our memories start to seem less and less our own.

Our Fallible Memory: It's a Feature, Not a Bug

Dr. Fiona McPherson | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Fiona McPherson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI've seen it in family members, I know just how terrible it is. But Alzheimer's takes away all dignity, takes away the ability to communicate, takes away the ability to function in the world. Why do we focus only on one loss: memory?

WATCH: Why Your Memories Can't Be Trusted

TEDTalks | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends