How well can you trust your memory?


About the research


Our memory does not work like a video camera. We can remember details or entire events that we never actually experienced. This phenomenon is called 'false memories' and it can be problematic in court, where the decision of whether someone is guilty or not can rely entirely on memory evidence. Charlotte Bücken (KU Leuven - FWO) researches if memory for negative events can be compromised by false denials.

Charlotte Bücken
FWO - KU Leuven

Being interested in true crime documentaries and very curious about how memory works, Charlotte Bücken studied forensic psychology. She is interested in topics that bring psychology to the legal arena, such as looking at the reliability of witness statements in court. Her current Ph.D. research is grounded in the idea that our memory does not work like a video camera. Specifically, she examines how lying about a traumatic event (claiming that it was not experienced) can influence memory and memory errors, such as false memories.

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