Memory: sins and virtues
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CitationSchacter, Daniel L. 2013. “Memory: Sins and Virtues.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1303 (1) (November): 56–60.
AbstractMemory plays an important role in everyday life but does not provide an exact and unchanging record of experience: research has documented that memory is a constructive process that is subject to a variety of errors and distortions. Yet these memory “sins” also reflect the operation of adaptive aspects of memory. Memory can thus be characterized as an adaptive constructive process, which plays a functional role in cognition but produces distortions, errors, or illusions as a consequence of doing so.
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