For much of the 20th century, the consensus was that our memories are fixed and stored in the brain as literal recordings of past events. Modern research, however, has given us a better understanding. Memories constantly change. They expand, shrink, and expand again. Our memories can also be manipulated and altered by suggestion. KCRW learns about the failings and malleability of memory, and the controversy when it comes to witness testimony in court. We also learn how nostalgic memories can help us cope in difficult times.
The failings and malleability of memory
From this Episode:
How the malleability of memory impacts everything, from crime to families
How can we be sure things actually happened the way we remember them? For example, why do siblings remember the same past events differently?