Fallibility Of Human Memory At Center Of Brian Williams Controversy

In print and in its “Well” blog, the New York Times (2/10, D6, Parker-Pope) reports, “Numerous scientific studies show that memories can fade, shift and distort over time,” and it is even possible for “entirely new false memories” to “be incorporated into our memory bank, embedded so deeply that we become convinced they are real and actually happened.” Now, “the fallibility and the malleability of the human memory is at the center of a national controversy involving Brian Williams, the ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor,” who has temporarily stepped down from his anchor responsibilities after his claim of having been in a helicopter that came under fire.

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— “Was Brian Williams a Victim of False Memory?,” Tara Parker-Pope, , February 9, 2015.

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