FAB: a Psychological Trick That Affects Our Memories

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brain trick memoryIt is said that the experience and lessons we learn are useful for our future course, but psychologists argue that this applies only if you remember the right things!

New study published in the journal Memory suggests that it is more likely to remember pleasant events of the past and we memorize most negative experiences by giving them a pleasant note.

This phenomenon is called «Fading Affect Bias» (FAB). In simple words, it means that our emotions affect our memories.

The study involved 562 people from 10 different countries, who were asked to recall different events from their lives. After that, they had to describe how they felt then and how they feel today.

It turned out that happy events had left a stronger and clearer imprint in the participants’ memory. Moreover, the descriptions related to unpleasant experiences included positive details.

The human brain has a tendency to skip the negative experiences, so that pleasant events leave a stronger imprint. The causes behind this phenomenon remain unknown, although some scientists argue that this is a technique our brain uses to enhance our confidence. The FAB phenomenon can be found in mentally healthy individuals all over the world.


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By |2017-11-26T17:21:22+00:00April 20th, 2014|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Mental Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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  1. Otto Bhan April 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I found this colorful Easter egg lying on a web site in full view of all who would pick it up to see more of it… and take it with them to study more of its charm and character.

    Val, are there spectrum delineations for gauging FAB ranges suggesting healthy vs. unhealthy mental subjects? Where may one find more details of this post? More Val, please.

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