Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Study: CIA's "harsh" interrogations probably implanted false memories.

Researchers at Ireland's Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience have found that the harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the Bush administration, based on bad science, were probably brainwashing prisoners instead of getting information from them.  According to their study, the stress from procedures like waterboarding would likely have altered prisoners' brain chemistry so that they accepted their interrogators' suppositions as truth, implanting false memories, in the same way abusive police interrogations have been known to confuse detainees and get false confessions.  The researchers say  that the CIA's techniques were based on "folk psychology", how the general public conceives of psychology, instead of actual scientific basis.
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