10 of Psychology's Greatest Myths

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Our Memory Is Like a Recorder

About 36% of Americans believe that our brains perfectly preserve past experiences in the form of memories. This is decidedly not the case.

"Today, there's broad consensus among psychologists that memory isn't reproductive -- it doesn't duplicate precisely what we've experienced -- but reconstructive. What we recall is often a blurry mixture of accurate recollections, along with what jells with our beliefs, needs, emotions, and hunches," Lilienfeld wrote.

Our memory is glaringly fallible, and this is problematic, particularly in the courtroom. Eyewitness testimony has led to the false convictions of a great many innocent people.

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