Thursday, August 1, 2019

Post 7: Learning Styles and False Memories

As a Criminal Justice student, I've learned that false memories can have a strong influence on a case. Just like the example used in the Ted Talk, it can lead to false convictions or worse. The criminal justice system has since implemented measures to prevent such mistakes. Investigators now must follow a strict procedure when conducting lineups or photo lineups. A common strategy is to take a "double-blind" approach in which neither the officer nor the victim know which subjects are actual suspects. This prevents the officer from inadvertently hinting or suggesting at the real suspect, and therefore helps prevent misinformation from reshaping the victims memory.

Learning styles are something that I've always believed in. To learn that there is no empirical evidence to support their effectiveness was actually quite surprising. I've always considered myself a hands-on learner, but have never been troubled with learning by sight or hearing during my time at Stockton. Thinking about it more deeply, I can understand that I am a hands-on learner when I need to learn to make or operate something, like machinery at work. Learning something at school, such as the Constitution, however, it makes sense that I would be a visual or auditory learner, because those are the effective ways of teaching such content.

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree that Learning styles is still a hard idea to break. After all, if it were that hands-on was equally as effective as reading something in a book, then why doesn't Stockton do away with lab courses and implement a read over of various experiments? I also think that there may be influences on ways that people learn things in different ways. Someone with poor eye sight may be better at hearing something.