Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Christian Jarrett: "False memories have an upside"

via psykisk daily


A false memory feels to its owner like a recollection of a real experience, but is in fact a construction of the mind. False memories are prolific because the process of memory is an inherently active, reconstructive process. Human memory then is highly fallible and prone to distortion. This sounds bad. However, in a new paper, Mark Howe and his colleagues show how our propensity for false memories can be advantageous.

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