Decisions based on fake memories
I searched for a topic like this, but I couldn't find it, so I'll post it anyway.
Just a moment ago I read a note concerning fake memories in a Dutch magazine called 'Wetenschap in Beeld' (Science in sight). It states that Helen Paterson of the University of Sydney discovered that people can make decisions based on fake memories, even when they know those memories are fake.
Could it be that, although some people know that what they base their beliefs on is fake, they still believe it anyway?
To be honest, I think that my parents are guilty of doing this, because in a lot of arguments I have had with them, they admit they are wrong about the validity of most of the historical events in the Bible, but still say that the unprovable parts of the Bible are true.
I also searched the internet for this, and all I could find was her research on how people influence one another during witness interviews. So maybe I just got a little excited and it's all wrong Here's a link to an English article on it: http://www.myscience.cc/wire/sydney_study_finds_false_memories_are_common-2010-Sydney