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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Do you remember when...?

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From Science Daily we have another story about implanted memories.

Many people are prone to 'remembering' events that never happened, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

In a study on false memories, Dr Kimberley Wade in the Department of Psychology demonstrates that if we are told about a completely fictitious event from our lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half of us would accept that it did.


Hmm - wait until virtual reality takes hold and millions think they were educated at Hogwarts. We ain't seen nothing yet.

5 comments:

Sam Vega said...

Do you remember that referendum thing about Europe? Lots of us were hopeful about leaving, but, of course, the vote just didn't go our way, apparently, and anyway it wasn't even a referendum. Or something. Or maybe nothing.

Demetrius said...

When I was studying psychology a while back I remember talking to this bloke Sigmund Freud in a pub' in Hampstead that it seemed a bit complicated. He said, after I had bought him a pint of his favourite Guiness with an Irish whiskey chaser, "Look 'ere squire, it ain't abart wot is in the mind, it's wot's in something else, you know wot I mean?" You could write a book about what he had to say.

Michael said...

I wish they'd spend more time studying why people drink a bottle of claret, then go to sleep in an armchair and eventually wake up believing that it was indeed someone else who ruined the lounge carpet...

Sam, you're absolutely right! There never was a referendum, the Lib Dems all said so, therefore it must be true!

Demetrius, it's all a case of late-onset solipsism, and believe me, it's not what it was these days!

wiggiatlarge said...

"Many people are prone to 'remembering' events that never happened"

So very true, ohhh matron.....

A K Haart said...

Sam - yes I remember how we lost that one and avoided all kinds of immediate catastrophes.

Demetrius - I remember the guy too, drank like a fish and always wanted to do what he called 'therapy' with every woman he met.

Scrobs and Wiggia - this morning I distinctly remember somebody putting my wife's keys in my pocket because they thought the keys were mine so she spent ages looking for them.