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The Science of False Memory$
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C. J. Brainerd and V. F. Reyna

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154054.001.0001

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False Memory in Criminal Investigation

False Memory in Criminal Investigation

(p.290) 7 False Memory in Criminal Investigation
The Science of False Memory

C. J. Brainerd

V. F. Reyna

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a precis of the recent history of how the law handles child sexual abuse allegations in the United States. It then discusses research on the suggestibility of children's memory reports. The chapter concludes by considering a major way in which the results of such research have benefited the investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse crimes — namely, the development of best-practice protocols for conducting forensic interviews of child victims and witnesses.

Keywords:   false memories, child sexual abuse, suggestibility, children, memory, victims, witnesses, forensic interviews

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