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Why does the human brain create false memories?

Submitted by nitdia at 2013-09-30 23:07:54 UTC

Neuroscientists say that many of our daily memories are falsely reconstructed because our view of the world is constantly changing. A famous experiment carried out by Elizabeth Loftus in 1994 revealed that she was able to convince a quarter of her participants they were once lost in a shopping centre as a child. Another similar experiment in 2002 found that half of the participants were tricked into believing they had taken a hot air balloon ride as a child, simply by showing them doctored photographic "evidence". more