Making sense of memory: Schacter examines links between past and future

Harvard Gazette

Massachusetts, USA, Thursday, August 16, 2012

We create these false memories, according to Harvard psychologist Daniel Schacter, because our brains are designed to tell stories about the future. “Memory’s flexibility is useful to us, but it creates distortions and illusions,” says Schacter, .. “If memory is set up to use the past to imagine the future, its flexibility creates a vulnerability — a risk of confusing imagination with reality.”

Schacter, … was recently honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (APA).

Memory is inherently constructive, Schacter says: We remember by rebuilding the past from bits and pieces — and the same ability helps us imagine the future.”

Retrieved 08/17/12  Full story: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/08/making-sense-of-memory/

 

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