Memories disortion Huy Tran

Badge Title: Memory

Group members:




DATE: 02/16 - 02/23

Progress Journal:


We came up with a few knowledge questions of our own, but we are still determining which one is the best to choose, as some of them were more related to psychology. Most of the question we came up did not work due to the fact that they were just re stating a question already provided in the Bade Guide, or they were not specific enough and to present the whole idea of it, it would exceed the 7 minutes time length for the presentation. I think we are rushing a bit.


After reading the book, I've known that memories can be disorted by things such as biases, leading questions, but to see it in reality was great, as we were able to lead Marco to believe that the screamer was in Big Bend. I think that we are quite prepared for the Badge Project of next time, we have got our main points, our videos, our presentation all put in together. The last thing we need now is to rephrase our main point for it to sounds better, and to interview one last person for the third scenarios of how memories can be disorted and put it in the video.

Planning Journal:

Our group plan is to go out and conduct an interview. We will gather some students to be the participants, then we would ask them a question that is related to a past experience of them, and we would record their answers. We would then see how the answers of each person differ from each other and how it is different from reality. From this, I think it would be possible for us to then see how narrative bias can alter our memories of past events as we tend to exaggerate a part of the story if we were a character in there. There was just 1 mistake I think we made in this was that interviewing Ben, who said he did not go on the screamer although he was there, so we could have interview someone else who had actually been on it and I think their narrative bias would be clearer shown

Reflection Journal:

All in all, in my opinion, the presentation went very well for us.The interview that was part of the project went great, as we were able to prove our points how memories are changeable and falleable, manage to implant a small fake memory inside the participants. It is from this project that I could see how we have to cooperate different ways of knowing with each other, so that we will be able to acquire knowledge. It is very interesting in this presentation to see how some could exaggarated memories that they had when retelling it to another person. changing the knowledge that they have on their own and how leading questions were able to conceive feel people about a fake piece of information and they required another way of knowing to be able to correct the information. I think there were a little flawed in this presentation, as Ben mentioned that he went there, but did no go on the screamer, and was retold by someone else, so interviewing someone might have given more into how narrative bias can alter one memories. We could have made a video of our own asking how high was it but I think it was experimenter bias, which we would answer differently to what we think.

Is eyewitness testimony a reliable source of evidence?

After the presentation we have done, I think that eyewitness testimony is not so much of a reliable source of evidence, as we have seen through biases how we could change the memories we have ourselves and how through cues provided by other people could change it. Additionally, it is because that our mind is not like a recorder which record everything we see, but like a storage which we could alter the information in there. Also, I think that because memories fade with time, it is possible that we could may have not remembered correctly what we see and filled in those gaps by other informations, making the eyewitness testimony unreliable. There have been the case of Bobby Poole, who was wrongly convicted to jail because of eyewitness testimony

Documentation of project:


How the Internet is changing your brain:

I chose this because I think the short video in here is quite useful to understand how our memories work and there is another short text below which show the consequences of the modern

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