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I need help in drafting a Quantitative Research Plan in a forensic psychology related topic. The draft must include the following:

Opening statement
Background of study
Problem statement
Purpose of the study
Research question(s) and hypotheses
Theoretical framework

NOTE: I am not requesting the expert to do my assignment for me, this is going to be a guide to complete the task and I expect 2-3 pages because the actual assignment is 6 pages long. My interest is the effect of prison substance abuse treatments on the rate of recidivism but I will accept any related topic in forensic psychology. I am seeking help because I want graduate level assistance, not something I could do better without assistance.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise to help a student put together a quantitative research plan on the subject of False Memories as a primary topic of interest in Forensic Psychology. An outline for such a research is provided, and key ideas including research questions and theoretical framework, following the pattern set by the suggested outline is provided in a comprehensive discussion. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your trust. As promised, I have put together some related research for you on the topic of false and recovered memories. I have suggested this as a topic because it is one of the most contented subjects in forensic psychology. For this particular paper, I have looked into the case of Ron Cotton and the research of Goodman. Certain concepts and debates have also been embedded. I hope you will find it as interesting as I have. I suggest the following outline:

1. Title: On False Memories
2. Opening statement
3. Background of study
4. Problem statement
5. Purpose of the study
6. Research question(s) and hypotheses
7. Theoretical framework
8. References

Of course this is the plan, not the research itself. What this plan will do is provide you a good research base in case this becomes the main topic of interest for your research in your study of forensic psychology. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On False Memories

Is human memory trustworthy enough to be the basis of validation of actions and evidence that can verify the occurrence and conduction of a criminal act? Memory is one of the most important topics in forensic psychology and false and recovered memories have been hotly debated in the field, primarily between clinical and experimental psychologists. Essentially, when police officers are investigating a crime that has occurred, to close a case, to find the culprit, they often center on the search for witnesses and their testimony becomes the evidence that in turn becomes the basis for conviction. In the case of sexual abuse, assault and other traumatic criminal acts, the testimony of victims are often always enough to put an accused behind bars. Victim testimony is so strong that it has massive impact, especially in adversarial systems (such as the justice system in the US and the United Kingdom). Even in the absence of corroborating evidence, the case of victim-statements as witnesses are so compelling for juries that a conviction is often made.


In this study however, I am going to explore the malleability of memory, especially in the case of recovered and memories that when validated are deemed to be false. I have come across the ...

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