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Sharing stories helps to retrieve memories

Sharing stories helps to retrieve memories
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Known as mnemonic convergence, these collective memories are influenced both by a person recalling information and by those individuals sharing...

New York: Retrieving memories, like sharing incidents with one another, helps in reinforcing remembrance of an event, says a study.People do, in fact, synchronise what they remember and what they forget after sharing memories with one another, according to researchers from Princeton University at New Jersey, in the US.

Known as mnemonic convergence, these collective memories are influenced both by a person recalling information and by those individuals sharing memories within a group."Keep practising that information. Send repeated messages into the community.

If people care about the topic, they are going to talk to one another about it and by spreading the accurate information, psychological research shows, they will likely forget about the misconception," Assistant Professor at the Princeton University Alin Coman said in the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Our study shows that when we talk about memories of collectively experienced events with others, we start remembering these memories in similar ways. Importantly, as a group, we also tend to forget the same information following these conversations. We are, in essence, synchronising our memories at a community level," Coman said.

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