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Is It Possible That False Memories Can Assist You In Your Diet?

Elizabeth Loftus, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, speculated on the scientifically proven unreliability of memory when she proposed employing the method of false memory induction as a novel strategy for dieting. And this is how it works: by generating false memories of certain meals.

Scientific investigations have shown that given the correct circumstances, humans may readily implant false memories. There have been some amazing results from tests and studies on this topic: successful instillation and imagination inflation of impossible memories from plausible false childhood memories (which may be easily instilled) (such as pretense memories from the first year of life – it is known that such memories are impossible from the strictly physiological point of view, because of the insufficient maturation of the hippocampus, which plays a key role in the creation of retrievable memories).

Food preferences were evaluated on a scale of one to five by a group of students in research. An additional stage involved showing the participants an imagined profile of foods they would have eaten as children, one that included stories about poor food memories associated with things like dill pickles and hard-boiled eggs. 25 percent of the pickle and hard-boiled egg groups felt they had actually been sickened by the food as youngsters, according to an investigation of students’ culinary recollections.

Although the majority of the individuals were not fooled by the phony memories.

It turns out that only certain people are more prone to adopting other people’s memories as their own while using this approach. Specific characteristics, such as memory and concentration problems, characterize these individuals. Some people are more susceptible to suggestions because of their ability to visualize things.

The second weakness of this idea is that it can’t be applied to every dish, thus it’s not universally applicable. On the other hand, prior research found that participants could not be persuaded to stop eating potato chips, despite the fact that they had been advised to do so. This might be explained by the fact that they were well acquainted with the cuisine.

When it comes to avoiding specific meals and making smart dietary choices, false memories can play an important role.

Another issue that might arise as a result of implementing this “treatment” is the inability to eat the targeted meal or food group at all, which is inconvenient at best.

It’s too early to say exactly how this hypothesis can be applied to diets because the research is still in its early stages.

Our inquisitiveness is heightened by the belief that memories can be deleted or implanted at a whim, generally by psychiatrists. That being said, the False Memories Syndrome is a nuisance, but its customization for nutritional demands would be a highly practical approach for dealing with undesirable cravings and even a decent substitute for will training.