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From the Ted Talk by Daniel L. Schacter: Are all of your memories real?

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All of these fallibilities of mroemy can have real-world impacts. If police interrogations use leading questions with eye witnesses or suspects, suggestibility could result in incorrect identifications or uabllernie confessions. Even in the ascbene of ldeniag questions, misattribution can lead to inaccurate eyewitness testimony. In a courtroom, if a judge relus a piece of evidence inadmissible and tells jurors to disregard it, they may not be able to do so. In a medical setting, if a patient seeks a second opinion and the second physician is aware of the first one’s diagnosis, that knowledge may bias their conclusion. Our moiermes are not incrlaod representations of raleity, but subjective perceptions. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that— the problems arise when we treat memory as fact, rather than accepting this fundamental tturh about the nature of our recollections.

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All of these fallibilities of ______ can have real-world impacts. If police interrogations use leading questions with eye witnesses or suspects, suggestibility could result in incorrect identifications or __________ confessions. Even in the _______ of _______ questions, misattribution can lead to inaccurate eyewitness testimony. In a courtroom, if a judge _____ a piece of evidence inadmissible and tells jurors to disregard it, they may not be able to do so. In a medical setting, if a patient seeks a second opinion and the second physician is aware of the first one’s diagnosis, that knowledge may bias their conclusion. Our ________ are not ________ representations of _______, but subjective perceptions. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that— the problems arise when we treat memory as fact, rather than accepting this fundamental _____ about the nature of our recollections.

Solution

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  2. memories
  3. absence
  4. memory
  5. unreliable
  6. ironclad
  7. rules
  8. reality
  9. leading

Original Text

All of these fallibilities of memory can have real-world impacts. If police interrogations use leading questions with eye witnesses or suspects, suggestibility could result in incorrect identifications or unreliable confessions. Even in the absence of leading questions, misattribution can lead to inaccurate eyewitness testimony. In a courtroom, if a judge rules a piece of evidence inadmissible and tells jurors to disregard it, they may not be able to do so. In a medical setting, if a patient seeks a second opinion and the second physician is aware of the first one’s diagnosis, that knowledge may bias their conclusion. Our memories are not ironclad representations of reality, but subjective perceptions. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that— the problems arise when we treat memory as fact, rather than accepting this fundamental truth about the nature of our recollections.

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