Misattribution Of Memory

Misattribution of Memory, one of the four sins of memory as studied by Harvard psychologist Schacter, refers to the ability to remember information correctly, but being wrong about the source of that information. For example, an eyewitness confidently points out a man in a lineup as the bank robber when he was actually driving a bus that was passing the eyewitness at the same time as the bank robbery. The possibility of Misattribution has to be considered in legal situations so that innocent people are not accused of wrongdoing.

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