Good article. The BBC ran an experiment that was the subject of a TV program on memory (it was years ago and I don’t remember the title of the program unfortunately). They had 10 people in the studio ostensibly for an entirely different reason; at lunch everyone went to the nearby pub for a drink and something to eat. During lunch an event was staged which was entirely unexpected by the 10 participants. The 10 were afterward asked to describe what happened. Needless to say, all 10 descriptions were different and none were accurate.

In general however TV and movies continue to propagate the very misleading and potentially dangerous idea that memory is like a videotape: unerring in capturing details and amenable to being replayed with perfect fidelity sometime later. In reality our memories are partial, highly fallible, and easily manipulated.

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