Researchers recently found that fictional memories of early life events are quite common.
A release from City University London notes: “Current research indicates that people’s earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years of age.”
Nonetheless, when asked to share their first remembrance, “38.6 per cent of a survey of 6,641 people claimed to have memories from two or younger.”
Researchers suggest the fabricated recollections are comprised in part of information gleaned from photos and other people’s accounts.
The statement adds: “As a result, what a rememberer has in mind when recalling these early memories is a mental representation consisting of remembered fragments of early experience and some facts or knowledge about their own childhood, instead of actual memories.”