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Do You Remember That Time? 6 Tricks Your Mind Plays on Your Memory

By    |   Thursday, 02 June 2016 05:16 PM

A memory might seem vivid at times, but it could be the mind playing tricks. Even people with good memories can be fooled by the intricate workings of the memory.

Here are six tricks your mind might play on your memory:

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1. Thinking you did something that someone else did. Researchers at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, found that people often believe they performed a simple task when it was actually done by another person, the Daily Mail reports. Volunteers in the study were asked to do simple actions, such as shuffling cards, and then watched videos of someone else doing activities they either did or did not do themselves. Two weeks later, the subjects were asked about the tasks and were more likely to think they had done actions that they actually never did.

2. Memory has biases. People may have firm beliefs in an issue or an event that has happened. The mental bias causes them to remember only the things they want to remember, so distortions, inaccuracies, or errors occur in their memory, Very Well notes.

3. Concentration causes the memory to miss things. Changes that occur right in front of people might not be seen. Researchers studying conversations by subjects found that most people didn’t even notice when a partner was changed during a brief interruption in the conversation. The researchers believe that people can busy themselves concentrating on one action, but don’t see other information around them.

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4. Memory becomes confused, especially during stressful times or just after awakening. It might cause people to go to the wrong place for a meeting or event. The brain can be so busy trying to absorb information that it relaxes when people believe they are doing the right thing or going to the right location, brain expert Dr. David Perlmutter told Reader’s Digest.

5. The brain’s retrieval system can temporarily block memory. Ever run into a friend and can’t remember his name when introducing him to someone else? The surprise of seeing the friend could have disrupted the retrieval mechanism for a moment. Although an embarrassing experience, it is normal.

6. Suggestions can trick the memory into falsifying the past. Sometimes people remember things the way they want, and it could be reinforced through suggestion. A study in the 1990s at the University of California had people read descriptions of their own childhood. One of the events was made up, but some people in the study later reported the memory as actually happening, according to The Guardian.

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