John Coley

Psychology professor helps frame memory discussion

“Memory is not like a video camera,” John Coley told Coley, an associate professor of psychology, spoke with after reporters questioned governor-elect Charlie Baker’s story about a fisherman.

Days before the election, Baker recounted a story in which a fisherman pressured his sons to give up football scholarships and become fishermen. But it turns out that Baker may have “misremembered” parts of the story.

Coley told that “memory is a constructive process that involves focusing on some details and ignoring others. Over time, those details can get confused or adapted.”

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