I Remember That … Don’t I?


Seeing is Believing, Right?

… and what we see is what we remember, right?

What do we say when trying to find what happened?   “Who saw what happened?”, “Do we have any eye witnesses?”, and so on, because we firmly believe that seeing is believing.

Actually, it appears to be the other way around ~ Believing is Seeing:)

Get ready to read something you don’t often see here.

Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm:  I had never heard of this phenomenon until about a week ago.

The article at the link includes a little vignette about convincing Alan Alda that he had gotten sick from eating eggs as a child.  Neat illustration of the power of suggestion combined with that sometimes dysfunctional deference to “authority” that Zimbardo told us about long ago.   Somebody in a white lab coat can plant ideas in our gullible minds, it seems.

Other people, of course … not you.   You’re far too savvy to be fooled or misdirected.

The article by Michael Michalko of Creative Thinkering is basically a reminder that we do not always remember things correctly and sometimes we remember things that did not occur.

The Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm is a simple experiment which shows us how easily we create memories that are not based on fact.  You read and reflect on some lists, then eventually select terms from a list which were on the original lists.  

It’s harder than it sounds.  Try it after the jump and you may be surprised.

In the meantime, remember that fifty dollars I loaned you?   Sure, you did and you promised to repay it with interest, remember?

Considering all the angles for creating false memories in the Heartland ….



3 thoughts on “I Remember That … Don’t I?

  1. Definitely something to consider. Sometimes my memory of events are far rosier than the actual event… or better yet, different from a sibling’s account of the same event! 😆 We do have selective recall and embellished remembering. Yep, I concur! 🙂


Comments are closed.