Memory distortion by interference

Interference from events can distort our memory of other events.

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author: Peter C. Brown
title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning

presents the Donald M. Thomson case: A woman was attacked during a home invasion and later, during questioning, described Donald M. Thomson as her assailant, who gave an interview on TV at the time of her attack.

Another example of this would be the "Becoming famous overnight" study, where "non famous" names were mistaken for famous names the day after they were presented just because they seemed familiar and that familiarity was misattributed (Attributions like these could be problematic when showing witnesses photos of potential suspects).

Jacoby, L. L., Kelley, C., Brown, J., & Jasechko, J. (1989). Becoming famous overnight: Limits on the ability to avoid unconscious influences of the past. _Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56_(3), 326–338. [](