Professor Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, was featured in an article on BBC Future about the science behind made up childhood memories.

Catherine Loveday

Professor Loveday explained that the brains of young children are unable to make long-lasting memories because the connections needed to store information long-term are disrupted. However, according to the article, it is possible to incorporate a created narrative into our brains to give it a more complete picture. 

Talking about how malleable memories can be, she added: “A memory is essentially the activation of neural networks in the brain, which are consistently modified and altered, therefore at each recollection, new elements can easily be integrated while existing elements can be altered or lost.”

Read the full article on BBC Future. 

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