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Can You Trust Your Memory?

How much of your memory can you trust? Anthony tells you what goes into remembering something and how, even when we think our memories is strong, we’re all susceptible to false or changing memory!

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False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals

“In a unique memory-distortion study with people with extraordinary memory ability, individuals with highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) were as susceptible as controls to false memory.”

The Formation of False Memories

“For most of this century, experimental psychologists have been interested in how and why memory fails.”

False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals

“The recent identification of highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) raised the possibility that there may be individuals who are immune to memory distortions.”

Where does the brain store our memories?

“Science tells us that while our brain may store different types of memories in various areas of the brain, recalling a memory is a brain-wide process.”

How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

“When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory—those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago—are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories.”

MIT scientists implant a false memory into a mouse’s brain

“Sometime soon, a lab mouse could wake up thinking he had snuggled up to a girl mouse the night before. But he hadn’t. The memory would be fake.”

I Could Have Sworn…

“An interview with false-memory expert Elizabeth Loftus.”

Study Finds Memories Can Change with Each Recall; Researcher Sees Criminal Justice Implications



“A Northwestern University researcher has found that memory retrieval may be like the game of telephone.”

Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory

“Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories.”

Why Science Tells Us Not to Rely on Eyewitness Accounts

“Eyewitness testimony is fickle and, all too often, shockingly inaccurate.”

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Your Memory Lies

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