Memories are not formed and then pristinely maintained, as neuroscientists thought; they are formed and then rebuilt every time they’re accessed.

Every time we recall a memory, we’re recreating it on the spot, changing it.

h/t: Ry.

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5 Responses to Wow.

  1. Tam says:

    Yup. Continuity of consciousness is an illusion. Sleep good; you’ll be a new man in the morning! :D

  2. Rivrdog says:

    Easy to prove: ever dream the same dream with the same circumstances twice? There are recognizable differences each time.

  3. Bill says:

    The problem is that, unlike a hard drive, there is no actual, physical memory to evaluate.

    But I am surprised that it has taken so long for science to acknowledge this. Every cop I know recognizes this, its why they want a statement as soon after any incident as possible, where fewer changes have been made to the recollection. And it is why it is critical to record those observations in minute detail.

    We don’t have hard drives up there. We have software that is being continually revised and updated, and every update affects everything that it involves, and probably everything, period.

  4. BobG says:

    Who would have thought Heisenberg’s Principle applied to human thoughts?

  5. Jim says:

    Just think if Microsoft built our cranial hard drive. Imagine having to reboot a few times to get going in the morning, a Blue Screen of Death at a critical moment at work, and then of course, defragging on the weekend with yer buds, right!

    Pity I can’t run down to the geek store and buy some additional memory. Guess I’ll just have to keep on makin’ a few more of my own!

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

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