• During the critical incident, intense focus on some particular aspect of the event
often leads to a diminished ability to process other information.
• Immediately after the incident, critical incident amnesia will often result in the
inability to remember information observed during the incident.
• Due to the inability to accurately remember information, officers are more
vulnerable to false memories and unintentional fabrications that they use to link
flash memories of the critical incident. A flash memory is a brief mental
visualization of a past experience, a mental "snap-shot".