The Mandela Effect: can science explain false memories?

In the early 2010’s a phenomenon called “The Mandela Effect” blew up on the internet.  

Masses of people online claimed to collectively misremember events, historical facts, and other pop culture moments and images.

False memories have mostly been thought of as chance or a result of believing some conspiracy, however researchers are now trying to see if there’s a scientific explanation at play. 

In this episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto asks Cosmos science journalist Imma Perfetto if there’s any science that explains the Mandela Effect, and about the experiments trying to understand exactly what’s going on. 

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