Virtual reality, virtual memories
December 6th, 2006

Virtual reality can apparently prompt the development of false memories. At least, that’s according to experiments carried out by Ann Schlosser at the University of Washington. New Scientist reports.

Schlosser wanted to see how well students could learn to use a digital camera by using an interactive virtual version, instead of simply following instructions with static pictures and text.

The result? Those who used the virtual camera were better at recalling what it could do. But, they also had significantly more false memories about its abilities.

It seems that virtual experiences can trick the brain into making things up.


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