Introduction: False and distorted memories

Robert A. Nash, James Ost

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Our memories shape how we think about the past, how we plan for the future, and how we think about ourselves. Yet our memories are also constantly being reinvented: we often remember our experiences differently from how they truly happened, and can even remember experiences that never happened at all.

False and Distorted Memories provides an overview of recent and ongoing developments in the science of false memory. World-leading researchers unpick questions about flawed recollections, discussing issues as varied as the reliability of highly emotional memories, why we sometimes begin to remember fictional experiences that we have deliberately fabricated, and what happens when we stop believing our memories. Each chapter demonstrates how memory science has furthered our understanding of these important questions, by exploring theoretical ideas and psychological research methods that underpin their investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFalse and distorted memories
Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1138832022
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Memory
PublisherPsychology Press


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