Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):535 (2009)

Daniel C. Dennett
Tufts University
John Sutton
Macquarie University
McKay & Dennett (M&D) suggest that some positive illusions are adaptive. But there is a bidirectional link between memory and positive illusions: Biased autobiographical memories filter incoming information, and self-enhancing information is preferentially attended and used to update memory. Extending M&D's approach, I ask if certain false memories might be adaptive, defending a broad view of the psychosocial functions of remembering
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