New psychology research indicates that memories can be biased by partisan beliefs
July 12, 2022
According to a new study published in the journal Memory, partisan biases can promote false memories. The study found that when people are reminded of politically charged information, they are more likely to remember it incorrectly.
The study was conducted by Professor Jesse Fox of Ohio State University and his team. They asked study participants to read a series of old news articles about a fictional shooting incident. Half of the participants were asked to read the articles while wearing a political button that identified them as a Democrat or Republican. The other half of the participants were asked to read the articles without any political buttons.
After reading the articles, the participants were asked to remember as much information about the shooting as possible. They were then asked to complete a series of memory tests. The results showed that the participants who had read the articles with the political buttons were more likely to remember the information incorrectly.
Professor Fox says that the findings suggest that partisan biases can lead to false memories. He says that the study provides “the first evidence that political beliefs can lead to the formation of false memories.”
The study has a lot of implications. For one, it suggests that people should be careful when they are reminded of politically charged information. It can easily lead to false memories. Secondly, it shows that partisan biases can have a serious impact on our memories. We should be careful not to rely on our memories too much, especially when it comes to politically charged information.