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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00617

Testing claims of crime-related amnesia

  • 1Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • 2Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Many violent offenders report amnesia for their crime. Although this type of memory loss is possible, there are reasons to assume that many claims of crime-related amnesia are feigned. This article describes ways to evaluate the genuineness of crime-related amnesia. A recent case is described in which several of these strategies yielded evidence for feigned crime-related amnesia.

Keywords: Crime-related amnesia, deception, Malingering detection, feigning amnesia, Forensic neuropsychology

Received: 16 Aug 2018; Accepted: 02 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Cristina Scarpazza, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Reviewed by:

Stefano Zago, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico (IRCCS), Italy
Charles Scott, University of California, Davis, United States  

Copyright: © 2018 Jelicic. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Marko Jelicic, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands, m.jelicic@maastrichtuniversity.nl