New Study Points To Imaginary Source For Some Memories

A new study led by Kimberley Wade at the University of Warwick in the U.K. claims to demonstrate that roughly half of individuals will believe that a fictional event occurred if they are told about the event and repeatedly imagine that it happened.  Researchers involved with the study experimented with implanting relatively harmless false memories into the minds of its participants by telling them that certain fictional events happened in their life, and then talking about them as though they were real.  Of the 400 participants, 30 percent of participants appeared to “remember” the fictional event, even elaborating on how it occurred and describing details of what it was like, and another 23 percent showed signs of accepting the story to some degree, the researchers said.

Source: CBS News

Tobias Wayland