Why do our memories of events change over time?


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I have been fascinated by the human brain for as long as I can remember, and how it stores information and recalls it for use when it is relevant and matches what is going on at the time.

I have studied how we all have our own perception of an event and how we all remember it slightly differently, which can be an advantage because we all notice different aspects. This means that as a group we can potentially piece together a more accurate picture of what happened.

However, this very interesting little article highlights how our brains update our memories to make them more relevant to the present, which distorts the original and therefore changing it and making it inaccurate to the original event. This has pros and cons,, as with many things in life and it makes for very interesting reading.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/04/271527934/our-brains-rewrite-our-memories-putting-present-in-the-past