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False Memory - Psychology Definition of the Week

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideAugust 3, 2012

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Definition: When we think of memory, we often imagine it as a video recorder, perfectly capturing the events of our lives to be re-played over and over again later on. The truth is, memory is highly prone to errors and sometimes our memories are not as accurate as we believe them to be. False memories feel like real memories; so real in fact that people will often feel completely confident that their recollections are a reflection of the truth. However, researchers have discovered that such conviction about a memories accuracy is no guarantee that it is correct. False memories can be recollections of things that never actually happened or they can be distorted versions of real events. Learn more about false memory.

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September 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm
(1)Teresasays:

Please help my boyfriend. He has ?seizures? that give him memories of what appear to be past lives. These memories are ingrained in him as if he actually committed what happened. (medieval times, etc.). and no psychologists here in our small town have been able to help him.

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