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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Kids' False Memories Reveal Quirks of Learning

Kids' False Memories Reveal Quirks of Learning | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The way kids learn causes them to generate more false memories than adults
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Young children 'rely on the gist of a memory' when asking to recall an event.  They tend to 'remember' objects and people that they may be associated with the event (e.g. pens and pencils are associated with classrooms) and will 'recall' these things even if they weren't there.

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A memory of shifting sands

A memory of shifting sands | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The New York Review of Books has a reflective piece by Oliver Sacks on the swirling mists of memory and how false recall has affected authors and artists throughout history. [Science] is startling ...
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Oliver Sacks is worth reading if you can ahold of one of his books.

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Gerald Carey's comment, February 9, 2013 6:40 AM
Here is the original Sack's article: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/feb/21/speak-memory/?pagination=false
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Memory Myths

Memory Myths | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Many of us subscribe to false beliefs about how our memories work, sometimes with serious consequences. We debunks some common myths.

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False Memories: The Perils of Eyewitness IDs

False Memories: The Perils of Eyewitness IDs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Mistaken identifications by victims and eyewitnesses annually send too many people to jail for crimes they didn’t commit.
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Inside the Secrets of Illusions & Memory

Inside the Secrets of Illusions & Memory | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Michael Sweeney is the author of “Brainworks: The Mind Bending Science of What You See, How You Think, and Who You Are,” the companion book to Brain Games, a three-part series on the National Geographic Channel premiering this weekend around the globe. The book and show both make you the test subject in an array of astonishing challenges and experiments. Here, Sweeney discusses some of the book’s most surprising optical illusions, and how learning the inner workings of the brain has made him a happier person.

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How Memory Works: 20 Psychological Insights

How Memory Works: 20 Psychological Insights | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Find out how memory twists, pops, distorts, persists and decays, along with the odd tip on how to improve it.
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A range of articles on how the brain misleads and how memories become befuddled...

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The Illusions of Memory | Psychology Today

The Illusions of Memory | Psychology Today | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The traditional view of memory, and the one that persists among most of us, is that it is something like a storehouse of movies on a computer’s hard drive. This is a false concept of memory, analogous to the simple video camera model of vision, which is also wrong—see my blog entry “Our Unconscious and Social Reality.”

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The Age Page: Faith in the future, or optimistic illusions?

The Age Page: Faith in the future, or optimistic illusions? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
After living through 9/11 in New York City, Tali Sharot, research fellow at University College London's Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging set out to investigate people's memories of the terrorist attacks.
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False Memory and Eyewitness Testimony

from Brian Brushwood's lecture, "Scams, Sasquatch, and the Supernatural." Brian explores the psychological flaws that cause people to have false memories, and explains why eyewitness testimony cannot be accepted as hard evidence, no matter how...
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