What if a handful of your memories are fake? It’s likely that at least a few of them are.
“Much of our memory is reconstructive. It’s not like we’re pulling a book off a bookshelf. We’re creating it as we go,” explains Dr. Steven Anderson, Director of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Laboratory in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa.
He says that while you can get better at remembering things with conscious effort, sometimes what we “remember” is what other people have told us about something that happened.