People who live in New York might find a recent study involving false memories interesting. The research involved individuals who were wrongly convicted of a crime and states that it is possible for some questioning practices to to falsely convince a person that they have committed a crime, even if they have not. The research indicates that the lab-based confirmation shows proof that innocent parties are able to be persuaded to believe that they are responsible for committing a crime within only a few hours.
The 60 participants who took part in the study were students from the University of British Columbia who had never previously been involved in any of the crimes they were convinced by researchers they had committed. The two individuals who conducted the study first contacted each student's primary caregivers and asked them to fill out a questionnaire about the student concerning certain events that took place from the ages of 11 to 14.