The Fiction in Our Identity
Have you ever remembered something so clearly that you were 100% positive in its retelling, only to second-guess yourself as soon as a contradiction surfaces? This phenomenon—memory misattribution—happens all the time; to all of us. We like to think of our memories as drawers full of files or bytes on a computer hard drive, but in reality they’re much more malleable. To illustrate this point, author Jonah Lehrer and psychologist Daniel Schacter share two stories of mixed-up memories, and their sometimes dire consequences. How susceptible are you to memory misattribution? Take the test to find out.
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This program is a part of The Big, the Small, and the Complex, a Series made possible with the support of The Kavli Prize.
August 10, 2011. Image courtesy of Philip Bitnar