Scientists explore the illusion of memory. Every time someone recalls a memory, it’s a chance to change it.
A memory might seem like a permanent, precious essence carved deep into the circuits of the brain. But it is not. Instead, scientists are discovering that a memory changes every time you think about it.
“Every time you recall a memory, it becomes sensitive to disruption. Often that is used to incorporate new information into it.” That’s the blunt assessment from one of the world’s leading experts on memory, Dr. Eric Kandel from Columbia University.