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01 July 2011

Group thinking influences memories

It's easy to remember things that never happened, especially if you're around people who recall things the same way. Now research shows how these false-memories happen.

You're probably familiar with how easy it is to remember things that never happened, especially if you're around people who recall things the same way.

"Social influence can efficiently manipulate existing memory traces, often creating long-lasting false memories," said study lead author Micah Edelson. The brain appears to do this by activating regions that control emotions, social interactions and memory processing, he added.

 
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