the theory that untrue or deceptive data brought about following an observed affair substitutes, changes, or diminishes the initial memory of the affair, resulting in inaccurate recollections of said affair. Commonly referred to as substitution hypothesis or overwritten hypothesis.

ALTERATION HYPOTHESIS: "Police officers often want to question witnesses to crimes immediately so they do not form alteration hypotheses."
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