From: Forbes

A New Study Shows Fake News May Benefit Your Memory

During the workday, we are flooded with emails, texts, and other social media. And with the advent of photo shopping and political leaders who don’t divulge the truth, it’s often difficult to know what to believe anymore. Hence, the term fake news has caused many people to become skeptical about what they read or see on television news feeds—even the authentic news.

But a new study says we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Not all news is fake, and even if a story turns out to be fake news, there’s value in it, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science. Thinking back on a time you encountered false information or “fake news” may prime your brain to better recall truthful memories. People who receive reminders of past misinformation may form new factual memories with greater fidelity.

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