The reality of dodgy memories and how they affect our reality

red-question-markI read somewhere the other day that neuro-scientists think that they have identified the precise moment that the brain decides to create and store memories. This got me thinking about the nature of memory itself and the part it plays in our reality.

It is also understood that a huge proportion of the memories we do have are probably wrong. This becomes very apparent when we recollect events with people we shared them with, and when people try and describe something that happens to them ( like witnessing a crime). They are almost always slightly different. I often wonder if we were talking about the same event! Similarly I do know of a case when someone remembered an event that they had not actually been to. It was just that they had heard it described so often that they thought they had been there.

Neuroscientists from Leicester University say that “When we recognize a person or hear a name the brain fires a neuron in a split second because it was stimulated to record it. At the same time the brain blanks out” irrelevant” memories.”

The thing is that memories, usually hidden in the sub conscious part of our brain, do shape both our world view and our decision making. They actually are a large part of our reality. So although we are seeing the same things different brains may blank out different irrelevant memories, or include things that other people have not consciously noticed. So memories are in some sense always subjective. They are though, lodged in our brain as actual fact.

The trouble starts when we make important decisions based on these faulty memories.

Makes you think anyway,

Marian

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