Oeberst’s study is innovative in suggesting that it’s equally as easy to reverse false memories.
Knowing the base truth isn’t even necessary to revert the fake recollections.
Use these two techniques:
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Takeaway is that every memory is a meta-memory, or an interpretation of a past time, one that can be impurified or purified by suggestions from the social environment. Simple awareness of this fact is crucial.
Our brains are far from perfectly functioning recorders of our life events.
Researchers have demonstrated just how easy it is to trick the mind into remembering something that didn’t happen.
They also used two very simple techniques to reverse those false memories.
"When people describe a memory, they will say that they are ‘absolutely certain’ of it. But this certainty can be an illusion. We suffer from the illusion of believing that our memories are accurate and pure"
"The same way that you can suggest false memories, you can reverse them by giving people a different framing"
"As the field of memory research has developed, it’s become very clear that our memories are not ‘recordings’ of the past that can be played back but rather are reconstructions, closer to imaginings informed by seeds of true experiences"
The human memory system is fallible and malleable, so much so that it is possible—and even quite common—for people to possess false memories.
Memory glitches can lead to all sorts of social implications, especially in the legal and forensic field.
But now, for the first time ever, scientists have evidence showing they can reverse false memories!
Similar to the old myth that if someone is sitting too close to the big tube TV, you would ruin your eyes, there are some new myths and facts about how screens affect our vision.
If you're a total beginner at exercising, you may see other people doing things that may never seem possible for you. But that's not true. Everybody has to start somewhere. Even experienced exercisers feel that they want to be further along than they are now.
When you start, you only need to do what you can. If you can't run, you can walk and build from there.
Precrastination is described as rushing to complete a subgoal so you can tick it off your to-do list at the expense of extra effort. As a result, you will need more effort later to complete the overall goal.
We are part of a culture that values productivity, but we also desire instant gratification. When you combine the push for productivity with our love for instant gratification, you can fall into the trap of "precrastinaiton."
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