False memories: why we experience tricks of the mind
Scientists think that memories help us prepare for imagined future scenarios: If I do this, then that will be the result.
Sometimes a plausible guess, shown as a false memory, can be better than no idea at all.
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The more information that is available to us, the more we are unable to retain it. Memory means association and most information we consume may be simply buried inside, lurking deep in, and surfacing when the right cue pops up.
Binge-watching or binge-reading serves no useful purpose as we are only holding the content in our working memories. That's why schools space out the chapters and review them, helping us retain the material.
The art and culture we engage our brains in turn into memories which can be unpredictable and fickle.
The books we read, the songs we hear and the movies we watch become interwoven and entangled with everything else in our lives.