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    A discussion of the role of cultural and social influence on two of the following: eyewitness testimony, memory distortion, source memory, or recovered memories.

    Examining the movie "Forgetting" Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/27uw4rl. This video illustrates the reconstructive process of memory through forgetting.
    Using information from the video "Forgetting", why is it sometimes important to forget what has been learned?

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    Cultural and Social influence:

    Social influence can impact our behaviour and memory through conformity, compliance and obedience to authority. Milgram's experiment illustrates how social influence can lead a person to perceive people inaccurately and do them harm.

    Conformity: The need to belong causes people to think and say things to fit into a group.

    Compliance: People will act and say things to avoid negative reinforcement and stimuli.

    Authority: In order to be accepted and liked in a group, people will act and say things accordingly to the leader's wishes.

    Effect: cultural and social climate can influence memory. For instance, if there is a cultural and social climate of fear, the anxiety and fear stemming from those in ...

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    A discussion of cultural and social perspectives that impact memory such as social climate of fear, conformity, compliance and authority. Also a discussion of how forgetting impacts learning.