Rick Nauert writes at Psych Central News:
Some people have the unique talent of being able to remember daily details of their lives from decades past.
But surprising new research finds that even among this select group of memory experts, false memories occur at about the same frequency as among those with average memory.
False memories are the recollection of an event, or the details of an event, that did not occur. UC Irvine psychologists and neurobiologists created a series of tests to determine how false information can manipulate memory formation.
In their study they learned that subjects with highly superior autobiographical memory preformed similar to a control group of subjects with average memory.
“Finding susceptibility to false memories even in people with very strong memory could be important for dissemination to people who are not memory experts.
“For example, it could help communicate how widespread our basic susceptibility to memory distortions is,” said Lawrence Patihis.