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.