In a second experiment, participants actually spent the night in the sleep laboratory. Some lucky ones got to sleep for eight hours; others were asked to stay up all night, watching movies or working on a computer. The next morning, everyone took part in a short activity during which they viewed a series of photographs of a crime being committed—such as a woman encountering a thief who steals her wallet. Later, they read a story about the photographs but, critically, some of the information in the story contradicted what people had actually seen in the photos. For instance, in the photos, a thief takes a wallet from a woman’s purse and puts it in his jacket pocket. But, what people read was that the thief took the wallet and put it in his pants pocket. A little while later, people were asked where the thief put the wallet. And people who had pulled an all-nighter were more likely to be led astray by what they read about the photos, even reporting that they remembered seeing … [Read more...] about Can You Trust Your Memory?