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How reliable is your memory?

Studies have shown that much of what we consider to be “memories” are actually reconstructions, and that certain techniques can actively cause people to reconstruct false memories that seem completely real.

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn’t happen or remember them differently from the way they really were.

It’s more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.

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