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Some people have the ability to recall specific details about dates and events decades after they happened. Research has found that even people with exceptional memory abilities can be fooled by introducing false memories. A University of California team tested 20 super-memory people and 38 other people with normal memory, deliberately using techniques to elicit false memories to see which group was more likely to be fooled. In the test, everyone was asked to read an article about United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2011. The article falsely stated that video footage of the plane crashing was taken by an observer on the ground. After reading the material 20 percent of the people with extraordinary memory said they had seen the video, and 29 percent of the people with regular memory indicated that they had. When asked alter, ten percent of both groups maintained they had seen the video. Researchers say the results suggest that eyewitnesses can be influenced by police suggestions or news stories about events they witnessed. They said the brain often constructs memories from bits of information and then pieces them together. They point out that the findings could play an important role in court proceedings, adding that “confidence does not equal accuracy.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Even people with super recall tripped up by false memories, study finds, by Brian Alexander, http://www.nbcnews.com/health/emb-3p-even-people-super-recall-tripped-false-memories-study-2D11603596, Accessed November 18, 2013.

Matthew 18:16 (NKJV) But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'

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