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Study shows even people with superior recall can have false memories

A human brain — part of a 2009 exhibition called "Brain: a world inside your head", in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The human brain.

You might have trouble remembering what you did yesterday, but a few people among us have a superior memory.

It's something scientists officially discovered in 2006 and they call it Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM. But scientists at UC Irvine are throwing a little cold water on the HSAMs.

They've proven that even those with superior memories can still be susceptible to fake memories.

For more on what that means for the rest of us, we're joined by the lead researcher on the project, Lawrence Patihis. He's a psychology researcher at UC Irvine and the lead author of the new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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