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Your Brain Edits Memories With New Experiences: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests memory is faulty and can insert things from the present into memories from the past.

Your Brain Edits Memories With New Experiences: Study
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We all do it: add a few inches to the fish we caught or place all the blame for the break-up on her. But now a new study seems to suggest even when we're trying to tell the truth, our memory might not let us. 

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that memory is faulty. It can insert things from the present into memories from the past when your brain goes to retrieve them. 

The lead author on the study from Northwestern University uses the idea of love at first sight as an example of your memory playing tricks on you. (Via 20th Century Fox / "Titanic")

"But you may be projecting your current feelings back to the original encounter with this person." (Via Northwestern University)

Now, while this revelation might not make for the best wedding speech, one co-author on the study makes a pretty good point. 

"Think about an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend. ... If you remembered all the positives ... it would be hard to move on." (Via Discovery)

Researchers believe this study could affect research about conditions including depression and Alzheimer's disease.