How fake images change our memory and behaviour

Interesting article on manipulated images, and the impact they have on our memory. I can’t help but think at how even more successful these images are made by mass internet exposure.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121213-fake-pictures-make-real-memories/1

“Old memories seem to be the easiest to manipulate. In one study, subjects were showed images from their childhood. Along with real images, researchers snuck in doctored photographs of the subject taking a hot-air balloon ride with his or her family. After seeing those images, 50% of subjects recalled some part of that hot air balloon ride – though the event was entirely made up.”

“In the end, there’s not much anyone can really do to guard against being duped by these images, says Wade. Her lab has done studies in which subjects are told that they’re about to see both fake and real images. Even with the warning, people will still remember the fake photographs as real.”

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