2011: Week 9 // Mom's Surprise 50th Birthday Party

On occasions, the brain can remember things that never happened. Our memory consists of a malleable process which is created progressively and therefore is subject to distortions or even false memories. These memory “mistakes” are seen more frequently in several neurological and psychiatric disorders, but can also be observed in the healthy population, and become more common as we age. One of the most common false memories we have are of situations from our childhood which we believe to remember because the people around us have explained them to us over and over again. Maintaining an adequate control over the “veracity” of our memories is a complex cognitive task which allows us to have our own sense of reality and also shapes our behaviour, based on past experiences. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem in which the false memory of your protagonist creates conflict.

Journaling Prompt: What memories do you have that are probably memories of stories your parents told you.

Art Prompt: False memories

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the malleability of memory and include a humorous story from your own life.

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