Talk:Cognitive interview

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New take on old tech[edit]

It may be of interest to note that the memory retrieval technique currently known as a “Cognitive Interview” is merely a simplified version of a similar technique known as “Reverie” which was developed by L Ron Hubbard way back in the 1950’s. This technique was part of a therapy used to alleviate the effects of past forgotten traumatic events without the use of hypnosis. The main difference between these two techniques is that CI is used on a witness to remember a single event in order to solve a crime, etc. Reverie on the other hand is used over and over again over a period of time in order to uncover countless occluded memories ranging from birth all the way up to the present. The purpose of this being to undo the effects of past trauma and thereby rehabilitate the person to an optimal state of mental and physical health. Of course it could be entirely coincidental that these two nearly identical techniques were developed thirty years apart but it seems unlikely. And although the two techniques are almost identical and both work the same the assumtions made about the memory that supposedly led to the later technique (CI) are basically wrong. Memory actually does not “deteriorate” over time, only the ability to recall those memories deteriorates. In other words memories are never lost they simply become occluded over time. However by using the proper memory rehabilitation techniques every single moment of anyone’s life can be recalled with complete clarity and accuracy, all sites, sounds, smells, etc. It is also not true that the memory has a limited storage capacity. It was conclusively proven 60 years ago that any moment of a person life can be accurately recovered. In fact with practice a person can accurately recall word for word an entire conversation he heard when he was one year old and he could even remember what everyone was wearing at the time. Its very interesting stuff. Its also interesting how often supposedly new discoveries are actually old ones that have been forgotten. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Slobeachboy (talkcontribs) 04:22, 28 June 2011 (UTC)