Memories or a Figment of Your Imagination?

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After looking through the textbook I decided that chapter 7, which had to do with memory, interested me the most. The section pertaining to false memories was particularly interesting. Most of us can recall vague memories from our early childhood, or at least we think that we can. Scientists have been able to use suggestive memory techniques to make people recall memories that they haven't actually experienced. I was surprised to learn that the people in studies that recall these false memories sometimes refuse to accept the memories as false.

This section also described how many people claim to have distinct memories of what they were doing when at the time of a major event in history. But studies have shown that these so-called vivid memories often change over time and people's recollection of the event right after it happened is a completely different story than their account of it years later. The vagueness we feel when trying to recall certain memories is due to source monitoring confusion. It is source monitoring confusion that makes some memories and conversations hard to recall and makes us wonder if the event ever took place at all. These are only a few of many examples that illustrate how complex the the study of memory is.

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