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04 August 2011

Memories often unreliable

A poll shows that nearly two-thirds of people considered human memory to be like a video camera that records detailed information for later review, according to the researchers.

Many people believe memory is more powerful, reliable and objective than it actually is, a new survey finds. A telephone poll of 1,500 people found that nearly two-thirds considered human memory to be like a video camera that records detailed information for later review, according to the researchers.

"The fallibility of memory is well established in the scientific literature, but mistaken intuitions about memory persist," study co-leader Christopher Chabris, a psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, NY, said in a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news release. "The extent of these misbeliefs helps explain why so many people assume that politicians who may simply be remembering things wrong must be deliberately lying."

 
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