In their book Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget..How to Drive and... Life, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang explain that when you call up a memory, you are capable, capable of - and prone to - rewriting that memory in some form, Consider how often we mix up events that are very similar but not the same. Let's say you've, eaten at the same restaurant ten times in the last three months. You will, probably find it very difficult to say on which of the ten occasions a certain conversation took, place, especially without other distinguishing details such as something particularly disastrous, that happened. It seems that the brain tries to condense all these similar events , into one so that when you recall something, you may be rewriting the story in, the light of new information. As a result, we are all rather unreliable, witnesses, something that lawyers have always exploited when cross-examining in the law courts.




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