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  • Charlie Baker’s teary fisherman story shows the power of false memories

    Boston.com - 10/31/2014

    John Coley, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University, took particular interest in the media’s doubts about the fisherman story because it fits into research on memory and cognition.

    “Memory is not like a video camera,” Coley told Boston.com. “What’s making this look like a problem is that people don’t understand how memory works.”

    Memory is a constructive process, Coley said, that involves focusing on somedetails and ignoring others. Over time, those details can get confused or adapted. The mistaken fisherman particulars have more to do with the essence of memory than Baker himself, according to Coley.

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