Messing with Reality: Up Next, the Past
People were more likely to say they remember a faked photo when it fit with their political worldview.
Human memory does not function like a videotape or a digital recording. When we remember, we don’t wind back our minds to a moment in time and relive that exact moment.
Instead, memory is constructed.
“All of these [memory] distortions allow us to craft a shared representation of the past,” Hirst says. “And because you and I both have a shared representation of the past, it leads to a common view that reinforces a collective identity.”