Initial Reflection

I first found this topic to be exceptionally interesting when we watched a TEDx video about psychotherapy. It had never occurred to me that our memory, something so fundamental to our being, can be so easily manipulated to such an extent. I was then curious about the fields in which they rely on memory so heavily, such as the judicial system, and how this knowledge affects the processes, and if children used in these processes are more prone to the manipulation. This relates to me as I want to study either child Psychology or law at university. Therefore this topic combines both of my interests. This is an important issue as researching children’s memories can significantly improve the way we use child witnesses in court but also can provide insight into how to effectively use them, namely questioning techniques. My research question attempts to address the extent to which children can be used as reliable eyewitnesses and why.

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