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Volume 4 Issue 1 (Winter 1986), Pages 1-102

Forensic hypnosis to lift amnesia: The jury is still out (pages 65-72)

Abstract

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the use of forensic hypnosis to lift amnesia in victims and witnesses who may have repressed or otherwise forgotten evidentiary details. This paper addresses the reliability of memories that result from forensic hypnosis, as well as the impact that hypnotically refreshed testimony has on a jury. Because of the mixed data on the reliability of hypnotically enhanced memories, the increasing use of this forensic tool on amnesics is questioned.

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