The Neuroscience of the Mandela Effect

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The sculpture, “Release” by Marco Cianfanelli in South Africa’s Natal Midlands

If you misremember Queen’s “We Are the Champions” ending with the line “of the world!” or the children’s book series “The Berenstain Bears” as “The Berenstein Bears” — you might be experiencing a memory glitch known as the Mandela Effect. Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez talks to Kurt about how the brain creates memories, and explains why so many people share the same false memory.

Watch Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu’s TED Talk on Manipulating Memories


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