A fascinating bit of research from UC Irvine hints at yet another way in which the intersection of our lifestyles — including overwork and lack of sleep — may lead to unwittingly false eyewitness testimony that could send the innocent to jail.
While most of us tend to think that memory is like a replay of a digitally record video, in fact a considerable body of research has demonstrated that most memories are in fact creative reconstructions and susceptible to tweaking and suggestion.
In this segment from Breaking the Set, Abby Martin and a UC Irvine researcher discuss the implications of new research on memory for the criminal justice system.
From Breaking the Set:
How Lack of Sleep Could Put Innocent People in Jail
Abby Martin speaks with Steven Frenda, doctoral candidate at UC Irvine and lead researcher in a recent study linking lack of sleep with the creation of false memories, and discussing how this may also be a social justice issue.