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31 August 2017

What makes some memories particularly memorable?

What makes some memories particularly memorable? According to psychologist Per Sederberg, it’s their slightly peculiar nature. "You have to build a memory on the scaffolding of what you already know, but then you have to violate the expectations somewhat. It has to be a little bit weird," he explains. Another way to long-lasting memories is to form associations with other recollections and link them to each other in multiple ways. Sederberg notes that the most unforgettable moments are ones that occur in a familiar context, but somehow violate the ordinary.

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