The following two quotes put the spotlight on the updated knowledge on ‘memory’. We know how ‘suggestion’ is a factor in ‘recall’ and how the words used by ourselves as we retell an event can distort or enhance it. This can work both ways and I use ‘changing memory techniques’ which create ‘opposite, positive and empowering’ narratives to make you the ‘architect’ of your past experiences.
‘We treat human memory with special deference. But it follows from the now outdated notion that the brain stores memories in much the same way as a video camera, and that these memories are flawlessly retrieved.
We now understand that memory isn’t one thing – there are explicit and implicit types of memory as well as short and long term memories, with complicated processes of encoding and retrieval.
Additionally, at every step, the formation, storage and retrieval of memories may be influenced or distorted by other cortical processes or by illness and injury.’
‘…………..the changing science of memory and its implications ……….. Experts in the neuroscience of memory distortion, post-traumatic stress, and the laws of evidence discussed the complicated use of memory in the courtroom.’