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Memory bias: how selective recall can impact your memories

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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Types of memory bias

  • Rosy retrospection: judging the past more positively than the present
  • Consistency: incorrectly reconstructing past to align with self-image
  • Mood-congruent memory: recalling memories that fit with current emotions
  • Hindsight: considering past events as predictable
  • Egocentric: reconstructing past memories to look better
  • Availability: overestimating certain events
  • Recency: best remembering newest information
  • Choice-supportive: selecting chosen options over rejected ones
  • Fading affect bias: emotions associated with bad memories fade faster than pleasant ones
  • Confirmation: interpreting memories to confirm beliefs

Faulty memories are trade-offs that enable us to cope with our past and survive in the present

  • If we remember everything, mass confusion ensues
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