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Memory: What we think the psychiatrist should know in a forensic context

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Clodagh Commane, Michael D. Kopelman

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalBJPsych Advances
Issue number1
Published14 Jan 2022

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Funding Information: This work received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. Publisher Copyright: © The Authors 2021.

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This article offers a selective review of memory and of issues relevant for a psychiatrist thinking about memory in a forensic context. It considers the development of our knowledge of memory, some of the ways in which memory can be erroneous and some evidence that this fallibility may sometimes be overstated. It concludes with a section on good practice in psychiatric assessment and in medico-legal work, looking at memory assessment, malingering/exaggeration and guidance for expert witnesses.

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