As it turns out, human memory is pretty bad. False memories are a common thing. One study demonstrated that you can create a false memory in a person by showing them doctored photos of events they were in. In this study, if you showed people fake photos of themselves going in a hot air balloon ride, they’d start actually remembering that they’d been in the ride (this is a phenomenon known as memory implantation.)
The Idealization of Young Horny Men
Emma Lindsay

Also known as confabulation, the psyche term for this.

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