Friday, 3 August 2007

Distorted Thinking [Part 3]

The Seven Sins of Memory

Although we tend to think of our memories as retaining a perfect record of our experiences, human memory distorts in these seven ways, documented by Daniel Schacter:

1. Transience: Memories fade over time.

2.Absent-mindedness: Lapses of attention cause us to forget temporarily.

3.Blocking: When conflicting demands are placed on our memory, they may interfere with each other and block recall. The word may make it to the tip of your tongue but no further.

4.Misattribution: Memories are retrieved, but they are associated with the wrong time, place, or person.

5.Suggestibility: Memory is distorted to agree with a suggested result. See “suggestive context” above.

6.Bias: Memory is distorted by our own attitudes, beliefs, emotions, point-of-view, or experiences.

7.Persistence: Sometimes unwanted memories cannot be put out of mind.


Anonymous said...

A great dose of psychotherapy & medication takes care of my erroneous or real memories!Oh along with Daily Mass & adoration, prayer & a daily meditation of course!

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

One of the most frustrating things about my disability is my memory problems.
You don't realise how much you use it 'til you find it does't work well.
As for some memories-Ha! I could do without them!