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Hypnotic Misrecall

Hypnosis is occasionally employed to help witnesses remember forgotten events in criminal and civil investigations. Scientists have long questioned whether hypnosis really improved recall. After a two-year study of hypnosis experiments, a panel of the American Medical Association has issued recommendations that hypnosis be limited to the investigative stages of the judicial process. This conclusion is based on studies that show that hypnosis may increase the amount of information recalled, but that it also introduces errors. The ability of subjects to recall poems learned years earlier was enhanced by hypnosis. Unfortunately, the subjects also fabricated forgotten sections of the poems in the styles of the poets. Conclusion: Hypnosis should be used only where information recalled can be checked for accuracy.

(Anonymous; "Hypnotic Misrecall," Scientific American, 252:73, June 1985.)

From Science Frontiers #40, JUL-AUG 1985. 1985-2000 William R. Corliss

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  • "A sourcebook of unexplained phenomena is therefore a valuable addition to a collection of scientific literature. William R. Corliss has provided this in the past with his source books of scientific anomalies in several subjects, and now he has provided it for astronomy. He has done an excellent job of collecting and editing a large amount of material, taken in part from scientific journals and in part from scientific reporting in the popular or semi-scientific press." -- "The Mysterious Universe: A Handbook of Astronomical Anomalies", reviwed by Thomas Gold, Cornell University, in Icarus, vol.41, 1980

  • "An interesting, systematic presentation of unusual weather [..] This book is recommended for a general audience" --"Corliss, William R., Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena, Sourcebook Project, 1983.", revieweed in Choice, September 1983
  • "..the science is necessarily somewhat speculative, but Corliss's symthesis is based on reputable sources." -- "Corliss, William R. (Compiler). Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena" reviwed by Joseph M. Moran, Univ. of Wisconsin in Science Books and Films, Sep/Oct 1983

  • "Before opening the book, I set certain standards that a volume which treads into dangerous grounds grounds like this must meet. The author scrupulously met, or even exceeded those standards. Each phenomenon is exhaustively documented, with references to scientific journals [..] and extensive quotations" -- "Book Review: The moon and planets: a catalog of astronomical anomalies", The Sourcebook Project, 1985., Corliss, W. R., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 81, no. 1 (1987), p. 24., 02/1987