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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Do you remember when...?


From Science Daily we have another story about implanted memories.

Many people are prone to 'remembering' events that never happened, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

In a study on false memories, Dr Kimberley Wade in the Department of Psychology demonstrates that if we are told about a completely fictitious event from our lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half of us would accept that it did.

Hmm - wait until virtual reality takes hold and millions think they were educated at Hogwarts. We ain't seen nothing yet.


James Higham said...

We went to the moon, we went to the moon, we did, we did.

Paddington said...

I didn't.

Paddington said...

Why is this news. These kinds of results have been known for decades. Look up the McMartin preschool case, with the faked 'recovered memories.'

A K Haart said...

James - I remember it so well too.

Paddington - it isn't news, but these people have to earn a living. Maybe there is some value in repeating it as there is still a widespread assumption that memories are reliable.