False Memories

False Memories

Although our memories seem to be a solid, straightforward sum of who we are, strong evidence suggests they are actually quite complex, subject to change, and often unreliable. We reconstruct memories as we age and our worldview changes. We falsely recall childhood events, and through effective suggestion, can even create new false memories. We can be tricked into remembering events that never happened, or change the details of things that really did happen. Research shows that we can be given false information and convinced to believe that an event occurred, even if we don't remember the event. Given that recovered memories may be genuine, false, or a combination of the two, it is legitimate to question how much of what you remember is real and how much is illusion.

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