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Recovered, repressed, or false memories, : the controversy

One of the concepts touched upon in the text's discussion of memory distortion is the concept of recovered memories. The validity of recovered memories is controversial. These are those researchers that believe that false memories can be created under certain circumstances. Do you agree or disagree that false memories can be created? Please support your response with factual information.

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According to the American Psychological Association (APA) the phenomenon of recovering repressed memory is still considered extremely rare. Typically the subject addressed in recovered memory is abuse, either sexual and/or physical abuse that occurs in childhood. A second area that is typical of this field is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) events, such as those experienced in wartime.

Recovered memories is a difficult field to research as it is unethical to recreate trauma for the purposes of discovering if extreme trauma does indeed cause memory repression. Also, research in this field is lab based and is not able to replicated all conditions of real fear and trauma that typically inundate a person who is experiencing loss of memory following trauma.

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One of the concepts touched upon in the text's discussion of memory distortion is the concept of recovered memories. The validity of recovered memories is controversial. These are those researchers that believe that false memories can be created under certain circumstances. Do you agree or disagree that false memories can be created? Please support your response with factual information.

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