Research sheds light on how we pick and choose among distorted memories to create our identity. But is that a bad thing?
This episode of The Anthill podcast delves into the world of memory. We talk to psychologists, historians and political scientists about how and why we remember some things and forget others.
What you end up remembering isn’t always what you have witnessed.
Does your nose grow if it’s a falsehood, not a lie?
Alternate realities don't just exist in politics – and not all falsehoods are lies. Distortions of the truth can range from a normal part of human nature to pathological.
What’s going on in the brain?
What's going on in the brain when something seems familiar but we don't know why.
The more information you have about a subject, the more likely it is that new information will trigger associated memories.
Memory lane is often better than the real thing.
Memories help you gloss over those ugly bits with minimum fuss.
Traumatic memories recovered from the unconscious during therapy are more likely to be false memories than real.
Brian Williams will be a breaking news reporter for MSNBC.
In the years after a traumatic news event, we're prone to confuse things we saw on TV with what we witnessed in person.
Unhappy memories of a past that never was.
Historic use of "recovered memory" therapy led to false allegations of abuse that continue to haunt the families involved.
NBC news anchor Brian Williams and his memory “conflation” have become the media story.
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