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  • National survey reveals widespread mistaken beliefs about memory

    "People tend to place greater faith in the accuracy, completeness and vividness of their memories than they probably should," said University of Illinois psychology professor Daniel Simons, who led the study with his colleague, Christopher Chabris.

    "People tend to place greater faith in the accuracy, completeness and vividness of their memories than they probably should," said University of Illinois psychology professor Daniel Simons, who led the study with his colleague, Christopher Chabris.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Daniel Simons, call 217-898-8003; email dsimons@illinois.edu. To reach Christopher Chabris, call 617-823-6173; email chabris@gmail.com.

     The paper, “What People Believe About How Memory Works: A Representative Survey of the U.S. Population,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.