Truth: The mind does not take in experience and store it in exact form for accurate recall later. Memories are stored on the basis of perceptions and are subject to distortions. People can “remember” things in vivid detail that did not actually happen. Likewise, people can remember only selected fragments of an experience, or they can take bits and pieces of multiple memories and combine them into one false memory.
Hypnosis cannot be used to uncover the truth of what actually happened in someone’s past and a memory cannot be considered more reliable because it was obtained through hypnosis. Hypnosis does not increase the probability of accurate recall.