From the archive: ‘Crashing memories and the problem of ‘source monitoring’’ by H. F. M. Crombag, W. A. Wagenaar, & P. J. van Koppen (1996). Applied Cognitive Psychology, 10, 95–104 with commentary


  • Nominated by Pär Anders Granhag – Deputy Editor in Chief


This prominent team of Dutch researchers was among the first to show that every second witness can easily be made to claim falsely to have witnessed a whole, complex and highly emotional event. We confidently claim to have seen what we have not - our memory crashes. The method was simple yet highly innovative and has inspired many other researchers to follow. The paper brings out clear and important applied implications, the findings are explained by the use of a cognitive theory, and it is provocative: Psychology at its best. The paper is ACP trademarked.