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Time to rewrite your autobiography?\ud

By Kimberley A. Wade and Cara Laney

Abstract

Autobiographical memory is the “diary that we all carry about” said Oscar Wilde.\ud Autobiographical memory defines us. And because autobiographical memory is the\ud foundation on which we build our identity, we like to believe that our memories are\ud accurate, comprehensive and robust. Anything else would challenge our sense of self. But\ud over the previous decade, psychological scientists have shown that autobiographical\ud memory can be inexact, sketchy and frail. Various suggestive techniques can encourage\ud people to generate memories of whole events that never happened. And these illusory\ud memories are often held with great confidence, emotion, clarity, and vividness—but they\ud are not real. In this article, we discuss research showing that suggestion can create false\ud memories and change our autobiography.\u

Topics: BF
Publisher: British Psychological Society
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:391

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