Seamon: Many People’s 9-11 Memories are Inaccurate

David PesciSeptember 6, 20111min
The researcher says people often weave inaccuracies into their memories, which become "facts"

Discussing the phenomenon of how memories change over time in The Hartford Courant, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior John Seamon explains that the mental narrative many of us have created contain inaccuracies, even for seminal events such as the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Seamon, who studies how people remember and recall information, says that many people change details or add “facts” to their mental accounts over time, imbuing them with emotion and convictions. The changes are so profound that, even when confronted with the actual facts of the events, people will continue to insist that their memories are accurate.