Sometimes our memories are just made up.
Our brains play tricks on us all the time, and these tricks can mislead us into believing we can accurately reconstruct our personal past. In reality, false memories are everywhere.
False memories are recollections of things that you never actually experienced. These can be small memory errors, such as thinking you saw a yield sign when you actually saw a stop sign, or big errors like thinking you took a hot air balloon ride that never actually happened.
If you want to know more about how we can come to remember complex autobiographical events, here is a recipe and here is a video with footage from my own research.
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