Thanks for the Memories
Have someone slowly read this list out loud. (If you don't have anyone handy,
read the list to yourself, then close the magazine.) Take three minutes
to write down all the words you remember.
Okay, now try the same thing again with this list.
Compare the words that you wrote down to the original lists.
What's Going On?
Most people falsely remember the words sweet and needle as being on the
first list and the words angry and mountain as being on the second list.
The words aren't there, but they are strongly suggested by the words that
are on the list. Memory is associative, and thinking about one thing can
get you to thinking related thoughts. Remembering the words candy and honey
and sugar and others that are associated with sweetness bring that word
sweet to mind so strongly that it seems like part of the original list.
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