reply to post by VitaminQ
Yes, I concurr. There would be too many people who would answer that they remember, even tho they didnt, to save any embarrassment.
We are not told the full story of how the interviews were conducted, how the questions asked.
It someone thrusts a picture of the President shaking someones hand, most people would think, Ok, here is a picture obviously he did......Why would
they think the interviewer would be Lying to them??
Super ego driven people would probably say "yes of course I remember" even if they didnt....its their ego.
The list goes on....which means many people would be Lying to save face. But not intentionally to misrepresent.
And what would be classed as a "False Memory" ambiguous answer......"Oh, I think I may remember seeing it, but Im not sure." That is not a false
memory, that is undecided, but how did the interviewer record it...as a false memory?...If so that is incorrect (a Lie).
Too many holes in these types of "research"..and not really a useful tool for anything.
In modern society, we are Bombarded with images, information, advice, trivia etc up the ying yang.
It is different to memories/life personally undertaken by someone.
And then there is selective memory, we remember what is important, and dismiss what is not.
Over time, even the important ones are distorted somewhat, I would expect (with age etc).