Your mind often edits your memories
February 6 , 2014
A new research reveals that people interpret their old memories in ways dependent on their present situations. For instance, you may recall your first kiss in a different manner if you're happily married as opposed to if you're getting divorced.
The research also shows that this method helps us in adapting to our environment. However, memory issues like the ones experienced in Alzheimer's result in the inability to recall those memories to the present and adapting as a result.
An associate professor and researcher mentioned that our memories are "a record of our current view on the past" in addition to merely being snapshots.
"A memory isn't a static thing that you bring in and it slowly gets moved out and stuck somewhere in the brain," co-author Joel Voss said. "Every time you retrieve it, you have the ability to modify it."