You ate breakfast 10 years back but when someone ask about menu you do not remember even a single or you remember some it but add false things to it.

Memory is colored with bits of life experiences. When people recall, “they are reconstructing” which means they are adding false information to it and that memory include things they really do remember in detail with things that are generally true. If you ask about any childhood event, they are most likely to add something. False memories can be implanted into a person’s mind, if u pass any compelling comment after a particular event, that person would most likely to perceive it that way.  People are remarkably susceptible to suggestion, which can create memories of events and things that didn’t actually happen to us. New research has found that even people with phenomenal memory are prone to having “false memories,” suggesting that “memory distortions are basic and widespread in humans, and it may be unlikely that anyone is immune.”  The mind and its memory do not just record and retrieve information and experiences, but also infer, fill in gaps, and construct. Bryan Boyd wrote “Episodic memory’s failure to provide exact replicas of experiences appears to not be a limitation of memory but an adaptive design.”

Another important thing is emotions which help in remembering memories because the stronger the emotion attached to a moment, the more likely those parts of our brains involved in memory will become activated. For example, a person who used to go to his office daily but do not remember every commute he took to work each day. But if along the way he witnessed a deadly crash, he would likely to remember that one. Memories that stick with us are tinged with emotion.

At times, the response becomes too automatic that it does not even goes into the memory like door locking before sleeping, taking the keys before going to office and hundreds of other like tasks which is part of our daily routine. Studies have shown that these daily tasks use very little cognitive resources means mind capacity and leave space for other bit complicated tasks which will divert a person’s attention from that routine task and will make it an automatic process. This is because these tasks result in compulsion like sometimes a person check the door twice or being doubtful about the keys. These false memories are fairly inconsequential for example there is a memory that you brought the keys in the house and hung them up in the living area, when in reality you left them out in the car.

Hence, everyday every second is going to be a memory but nothing is remembered exactly and small incidents are added to cover the story.


By:  Sajeela Bakht