Brian Williams memory lapses


Actually this kind of thing happens all the time with witness testimony.  That might prove useful to educating the public about how memory works.  Would you send somebody to death row on something that fickle?

It’s one of the reasons to separate witnesses, eventually when they hear what other people saw they can begin to remember it themselves.

One particularly nasty example  of evolving memory is identification.  A witness may be very tentative with a lineup but after ID is made cognitive dissonance kicks in and they get increasingly certain to trial, although the memory would be better when it was fresh.

Or it could all be a fish tale but i’d expect a well known journalist to know better.


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