Harvey Weinstein leaves for the day during his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, in New York, Jan. 28, 2020.
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As women began to come forward with experiences of rape and abuse, backlash came forward too. The notion of 'false memory' developed to explain away assault. Here's why that notion itself is untrue.
Some are convinced that details from the past are being warped.
Real-life adherents to the Mandela Effect veer into conspiratorial thinking. But they do hit on an important truth: Our understanding of history is malleable.
Many psychologists claim memory is unreliable.
Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place.
Why is it that some 'fake news' gets us remembering things that are not true? It depends on how our memory works, and there are ways we can avoid being duped.
Tiny mistakes can appear in our memories every time we recall past events.
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Even our most treasured memories can gradually change over time.
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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Research shows that our memories are not direct representations of past occurrences.
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No one has a perfect memory.
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