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Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

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Montreal Gazette - Crime & mistaken memory

Psychological and neuroscience research have chipped away at the credence we give to witness accounts, and shown how memories can be unwittingly manipulated. And yet eyewitness identification remains a very important piece of evidence in many criminal cases.

Published: 5 May 2012

Psychological and neuroscience research have chipped away at the credence we give to witness accounts, and shown how memories can be unwittingly manipulated. And yet eyewitness identification remains a very important piece of evidence in many criminal cases.

Some researchers are asking what role memories should have in court, if neuroscience can make criminal trials more objective and whether our legal system is keeping up with - or getting ahead of - science.

"The amygdala is sensitive to stress hormones, it has a lot of receptors for them," says Jorge Armony, a neuroscientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, who studies the interplay of emotion with consciousness, attention and memory. "The more stress, the more the amygdala responds," he says.

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