Hypnotically Influenced Memory & the Legal System (Expert Evidence)
This Expert Evidence chapter focuses on hypnotically influenced memory, and the authors provide background information about hypnosis and the way in which it is used; summarise essential properties of human memory; review particular findings from research conducted on the influence of hypnosis on memory; describe selected cases in the Australian legal system;
present guidelines that they have developed for the forensic use of hypnosis; and make specific
recommendations about the role of the expert in cases involving hypnosis. Overall, the chapter
highlights the conclusion that hypnosis provides no guaranteed access to truth, but can
nevertheless be useful in certain circumstances, such as when events recalled in hypnosis lend
themselves to independent corroboration.
Last updated: 2010
Author: Kevin M McConkey PhD; Peter W Sheenan PhD; Amanda J Barnier PhD
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