Forensic psychology
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Forensic psychology

3.1 False memory

Try a simple memory experiment.

The ‘False memory’ video contains five different lists of 15 words, which will be presented one at a time.

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You're about to see a series of words presented one at a time. Try and remember as many of the words as you can.
You should only watch the video through once and should not pause or replay it or write down any of the words, as this is a test of your memory.
Please watch to the end of the video before moving to the next step.


In a moment you'll be shown a sentence. All you have to do is count the number of times the letter 'f' appears in the sentence.


How many 'f's did you see?
A common response is that people report seeing three letter 'f's, those highlighted in the sentence below.
finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.
However, there are actually six letter 'f's in the sentence:
finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.
But we often overlook words such as 'of' because they tend not to be important in working out the meaning of what is being said.
End of video. Please proceed to the next step.
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