How the brain creates false memories
02 Feb 2005
'Medical News Today'
Lawyers are often suspicious of so-called "eye-witness accounts"
and rightly so. Hundreds of scientific studies in the past few
decades have shown that the memories of people who observe
complex events are notoriously susceptible to alteration if they
receive misleading information about the event after it has taken
place. In this month's issue of the journal Learning & Memory,
scientists from Johns Hopkins University report new insights into
how such "false memories" are formed. This is the first study to
use neuroimaging to investigate how the brain encodes
misinformation during the creation of a false memory.
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