18 Pages

The Role of the Self in False Memory Creation

WithMark A. Oakes, Ira E. Hyman, Jr.

This chapter describes research investigating the creation of false childhood memories and present an overview of the processes involved in memory creation. It focuses on the role that the self plays in the creation of false memories. The chapter explores how various connections to the self contribute to the creation of false memories and how false memories may contribute to one understands of self. It also explores the connections between the self and false memories through first describing some of the research on false childhood memories. The chapter deals with a consideration of how both recovered memories and false memories may change someone understands of the past, plans for the future, and thus the self. It outlines a theory of the processes involved in memory creation. The chapter argues that making connections to the self will increase the likelihood of errors in each process.