Do you believe in repressed memories?

Jonathan M. Golding, Rebecca Polley Sanchez, Sandra A. Sego

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A survey of 613 undergraduates investigated beliefs about and experience with repressed memories. The results indicated that participants (a) had some degree of belief in repressed memories; (b) felt that therapy sometimes leads to false memories being implanted; (c) felt, to some degree, that repressed memory evidence should be allowed in court; and (d) had experience with repressed memories, either personally or through media coverage. Also, the gender of the participants affected many of the ratings (e.g., women had greater belief in and more personal experience with such memories than men). The implications of these results for professionals and laypeople are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996

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  • Psychology (all)


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