Thursday, June 11, 2009

Severe False Memory Syndrome and why I'm faster than you

Ok, so if you know me, you know I have a tendency to.... exaggerate. A whole lot. I get excited telling and re-telling stories and years later people who were involved in the story don't even recognize it. I'm ok with this, and my friends have become accustomed to it. (And besides, my versions are always more entertaining and a whole lot funnier anyway, so what's the harm?) Ha. So here's the thing... there's actually a B.S. SYNDROME! In truth, the syndrome (called confabulatory hypermnesia - a.k.a Severe False Memory Syndrome) truly has to do with folks who have severe memory loss from head injuries or whatnot, who recreate memories and think they're real.

BUT - according to the folks at The Frontal Cortex, this can affect your average person as well.

Every time we remember anything, the neuronal structure of the memory is delicately transformed, a process called reconsolidation....The memory is altered in the absence of the original stimulus, becoming less about what you remember and more about you.

So basically, we focus on what we want to, what we think was important, and after time, that becomes the memory. Interesting stuff, huh?

On a completely unrelated note, the Frontal Cortex (an interesting blog about psychology and other brain -related information) had an article a while back about how short people (like me, who barely hits the five foot mark) are infinitely better/stronger/faster than the rest of you. Well, something like that. Basically, short people have quicker reflexes and reactions, because our nerves literally don't have as far to go when traveling from our toes to our brains and everywhere else. So basically, if I lined up Danny Devito and Lebron James, and kicked them both in the shin at the same time (yeah, I've got some serious shin-kicking skills), Danny would be jumping up and down and a full split second before Lebron. So take that, tall people! Neener neener neener.

1 comment:

RRB said...

You are so Severe False Memory Syndrome.