Your results on this 30-question quiz may be disturbing at first, but no worries: if you're normal, you won't do as well as you expect. It's just how memory works, and the truth of the "Mandela Effect." The phenomenon gets its name from a specific example: many people seem to remember that this famous South African figure died in prison around 1980, after spending much time there. In reality, he actually passed away in 2013 after enjoying many years of freedom. The reasons for these "false memories" are complex, but researchers have learned a lot about how memories are formed from studying how they go wrong. Some factors are based on our expectations, others on more convenient ways we remember, which "adjusts" the facts. The Mandela effect can even be cultural: nearly everybody "knows" the wrong answer! From fast food logos to a famous Star Wars quote, try your hand at recalling these famous facts, images, and phrases and see how often the Mandela Effect tucks misinformation into your brain!
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Unfortunately, witnesses can be affected by the same kinds of factors that produce the Mandela Effect, producing widely varying descriptions of crimes and the people who commit them. This is frustrating for investigators and surprising for people who learn a potentially traumatic event wasn't seared into their memories the way they thought it was. The Mandela effect creates particular trouble when groups of people discuss what they have seen and share their varying memories. This is one reason why investigators separate witnesses as soon as possible and take their statements separately. They would rather have stories that disagree on some points than statements that agree based on collective misremembering! Whenever you get information or witness accounts secondhand, think about whether the Mandela effect could have affected the accuracy of the story, especially if you plan on repeating it to others.
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