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buy canada goose jacket cheap “The person canada goose outlet official lying on top of you who she’d previously met you’re not going to forget that,” said Richard Huganir, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “There’s a total consensus in the field of memory. canada goose outlet toronto If anything, fear and trauma enhances the encoding of the memory at a molecular level.” buy canada goose jacket cheap

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canadian goose jacket It’s essentially the same phenomenon that makes people forever remember what they were doing when planes hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, or when they learned John F. Kennedy was shot. It’s such a basic tenet of psychology and cognitive science that some researchers watched the canada goose jacket uk mistaken identity theory spread through canada goose outlet store montreal the Senate this month with a sense canada goose jacket outlet toronto of stunned dismay. canadian goose jacket

Canada Goose online “I watched all the hearings that took place last week and was just floored at the number of people who offered that as an explanation,” said Ira Hyman, a cognitive psychologist who specializes in traumatic memories at Western Washington University. Canada Goose online

“This story [of mistaken identity] that’s being offered here is a way of both trying to validate sexual assault and not deny it which is a lovely change but at the same time create a narrative that Kavanaugh couldn’t have been the person who did it,” he said. “That’s just not consistent with memory research on misidentification.”

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cheap Canada Goose Lila Davachi, a cognitive neuroscientist at Columbia University, analogized the traumatic memory formation process to cranking up the contrast on a photo central details get heightened, while those in the background get washed out. cheap Canada Goose

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Asked last week if she could have mistaken her attacker, Ford testified that she is “100 percent” certain it was Kavanaugh. She vividly recalled other details of the night the single beer she drank at the party, music in the bedroom she was pushed into, boys laughing as she was pinned to a bed while having no memory of how she arrived or got home.

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canada goose deals Mara Mather, a professor at the University of Southern California, has performed laboratory studies in which volunteers are given electric shocks or subjected to loud noises while they look at a set of symbols to find out which ones they remember while their brains are flooded with the same chemicals released during trauma. canada goose deals

” I guess the Republicans have been debating why does she forget getting home, but that sounds very plausible,” she said. “It focuses the brain on whatever stands out at that moment. The things that are not standing out are even more ignored.”

Like other canada goose outlet reviews researchers, she could not recall a single case of a sexual assault victim misremembering a known attacker save for rare instances in which people, often children, were coached into falsely accusing friends and family members.

“According to her account, she never forgot about this,” Mather noted. “She tried to.”

Also like other researchers, she said Kavanaugh’s memory was more likely to be suspect than Ford’s, if he was as heavy a drinker in high school as many people who knew him have alleged.

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In fact, Collins later explained that she believed Ford and Kavanaugh were doing just that telling the truth as she weighed their mutually exclusive testimonies. Ford’s testimony to be heart wrenching, painful, compelling and I believe she believes what she testified to,” the senator told CNN on Sunday morning. “Here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they were saying.”

canada goose clearance sale The difference between senators and scientists is that Collins, like many in canada goose premium outlet her party, resolved the dilemma by assuming a fault in the victim’s memory. canada goose clearance sale

“I do believe that she was assaulted,” Collins told CNN. “I don’t know by whom, and I’m not certain when, but I do not believe that he was the assailant.”

How well such logic holds up with the lay population could be put to the test as Democrats seek to punish Kavanaugh’s backers in the midterm elections and beyond. After Collins left the CNN set, Sen. canada goose outlet authentic Mazie Hirono (D HI) sat down to say she found the Republican’s equivocation “even more insulting.”.

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