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Discuss strategies that are recommended for memorization and tell us what kinds of strategies you use to boost your memory in everyday life.

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This assignment has two parts. Complete both A and B below. Please cite all references.

  1. A) Discuss strategies that are recommended for memorization and tell us what kinds of strategies you use to boost your memory in everyday life. How do you help yourself remember material for exams, work-related tasks or other instances? What kinds of memory-enhancing strategies are recommended for studying? If you’d like, you can include a sample of the material you’re trying to remember and explain how you try to memorize it. You could alternatively look into how technology/smartphones might affect memory. Do some research on this and discuss your findings. One example question you could address: how does frequently taking photos affect memory for the life events? If a source is relevant for your post, provide the source (APA format recommended).
  2. B) Memory distortions of eyewitnesses can lead to severe legal consequences. Explore the Innocence Project case file (link below), and find a case in which eyewitness memory played an important part. Briefly describe the case and discuss the role of eyewitness memory in the case.

INNOCENCE PROJECT CASES (Links to an external site.)

https://www.innocenceproject.org/all-cases/1 (Links to an external site.)

Please note that reading these cases can be upsetting. Alternatively (or in addition) you can explore and discuss why eyewitness testimony in general can be so unreliable. How do characteristics such as age, gender and ethnic group of the witness vs. the perpetrator affect eyewitness testimony? How do law enforcement procedures (e.g. interview styles, line-up identification, using composites) affect eyewitness testimony? If you select this part of the question, find at least one outside source and provide the source (APA format recommended).

One possible resource is 60 minutes: Tragic case of false eyewitness testimony. This film discusses a famous case of mistaken testimony that lead to the false imprisonment of an innocent man. This was one of the first cases in which an innocent person who was convicted of a crime was later released based on DNA evidence. I do want to warn you that the first 2.5 minutes of the film describe a rape from the perspective of the victim. This can be upsetting to watch for some students. If you don’t want to see that, just skip the first minutes and watch the rest of the film which focuses more on the psychology of eyewitness testimonies, especially the important findings related to conducting line-ups and how they go wrong.

 

Subject: Psychology

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