The use of hypnosis to enhance recall

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Science  14 Oct 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4620, pp. 184-185
DOI: 10.1126/science.6623071


The forensic use of hypnosis is increasing. A hypermnesic procedure was used in an experiment that calls this practice into question. Subjects tried for a week to recall 60 previously presented pictures. They were then either hypnotized or not and encouraged to recall even more pictures. Most of the newly recalled material was incorrect, especially for highly hypnotizable subjects in the hypnosis condition. Such errors in recall can have profound implications for forensic investigations.

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