The seven sins of memory. Insights from psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

  title={The seven sins of memory. Insights from psychology and cognitive neuroscience.},
  author={Daniel L. Schacter},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={54 3},
  • D. Schacter
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
Though often reliable, human memory is also fallible. This article examines how and why memory can get us into trouble. It is suggested that memory's misdeeds can be classified into 7 basic "sins": transience, absentmindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. The first three sins involve different types of forgetting, the next three refer to different types of distortions, and the final sin concerns intrusive recollections that are difficult to forget. Evidence… 

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