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    Describe a false memory experiment and any procedures which can increase or reduce the occurrences of false memories when reporting eyewitness events.

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    In 1974 Loftus and Palmer conducted a false memory experiment (1) using a sample of 45 American students. The experiment consisted of five variables or conditions, and only one variable was given to each student. The students were shown slides of a car accident involving a number of cars, and were asked to describe what happened as if they actually witnessed the accident. They were then asked specific questions about the accident, including the question of approximately how fast were the cars going when they (hit/bumped/contacted/smashed/collided) with each other?

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    This solution describes the false memory experiment conducted by Loftus and Palmer (1974) and discusses the factors/procedures that can increase or decrease false memories with respect to reporting eyewitness events.