Even People With “Perfect Memory” Can Be Tricked Into Recalling Fake Events

Among us mortals who forget where we just left our keys and what we ate for lunch yesterday, there are a handful of  remarkable people with hyperthymesia—also known as highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM)—who can remember astounding details about every day of their life going back to childhood.  Given any particular date in the last few decades, Brad Williams can remember both what he did that day and what significant world events occurred. Bob Petrella can recall the date he met every one of his friends and acquaintances. Jill Price can remember the exact day that any episode of any TV show she’s ever seen first aired—including, in some cases, that day’s weather.    But some of the same scientists who first documented this condition in 2006 have some news that might bring the hyperthymestic back to Earth: In recent experiments, they showed that even these people with extraordinary memory can be tricked into recalling events that didn’t happen.…MORE   

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