Memory editing occurs on the fly, leaving the brain susceptible to creating memories that may not be accurate.
People's recollections of events are wrong approximately 36% of the time, especially if the events are similar.
Mundane behaviors repeated over time, and occur in the context of other similar behaviors can lead to conflated intentions, which cause false memories of completing the task.
Fabricated news stories cause people to create false memories, especially if the content of the stories align with their political beliefs. While people who scored low on cognitive tests were no more prone to forming false memories, they were more likely to remember false facts that aligned with their opinions. People with higher cognitive ability are more likely to question their personal biases and the news source.
A new EEG study reveals people who are less able to sustain their attention long terms are more susceptible to creating false memories.
Researchers explore why collective misremembering of common events and details occur. The study explains why our brain often plays tricks by convincing us we remember something in a certain way, when the events are opposite to what we experience.
Napping influences memory in the right hemisphere of the brain, inducing false memories in a word recall test, researchers report.
Older people may rely more on schematic memory, resulting in a difficulty distinguishing between a memory of a real event and a false memory.